Originally known as Better Broadband for Oxfordshire the programme has now expanded to include several aspects of Digital Infrastructure, with ‘Better Broadband’ now one of several strands under the ‘Digital Infrastructure Programme:’
- BBfO – Better Broadband for Oxfordshire Programme (contract with BT signed in 2013 to extend superfast broadband coverage to 95% of Oxfordshire)
- BiRO – Businesses in Rural Oxfordshire (new DEFRA funded contracts with BT and Airband delivering ultrafast broadband to rural Oxfordshire)
- LFFN – Local Full Fibre Networks (includes the Rural and Gigabit Voucher Schemes)
- Mobile coverage including the rollout of 5G
The Digital Infrastructure Programme is run by Craig Bower (Programme Director), Mark Hopping (Programme Manager), Claire Hutchins-Lee (Project Manager – Data Specialist), Anna Miles (Project Manager) and Tamar Bowley (Senior Marketing & Comms. Lead) with Susan Halliwell (Director for Planning & Place) as the Executive Sponsor and Councillor David Bartholomew as the Cabinet Member for Finance & Communication.
The Better Broadband programme is now in the final stage of Phase 3 delivery, which is due to be completed in early 2020. The Better Broadband for Oxfordshire programme, is a partnership between Oxfordshire County Council, BT and BDUK (Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport). It has brought superfast broadband to over 97% of homes and businesses, with 77,533 premises connected; 622kms of fibre laid; 625 fibre cabinets stood (and continuing!). More than two-thirds of premises connected under the programme have upgraded to a superfast broadband service, which is one of the highest sign-up rates in the country.
The Better Broadband for Oxfordshire programme has now completed its planned work in West Oxfordshire. Further roll-out is being carried out by West Oxon District Council, which is separate from the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire Programme.
If you have any questions, please contact the Digital Infrastructure Team at: Broadband@oxfordshire.gov.uk