In some parts of Oxfordshire, there are local wireless broadband service providers. You can check whether they cover your area at their websites:
Following is a spotlight article on one of the above companies and the work they are doing in Oxfordshire.
Countryside Broadband was founded in 2003 and is primarily a wireless provider. We specialise in providing broadband services to places where telephone-line services are poor or non-existent. The company is based in the Woodcote area and can provide connections within approximately 20 km of Woodcote. It is, however, necessary that a property has a clear radio path to one of our base stations. Trees, buildings and the shape of the terrain can cause problems.
Our standard service offers peak speeds of 25 Mbit/s downstream and 5 Mbit/s upstream. Speeds slow down a little when traffic is heavy. There are no usage limits and a static, public IPv4 address in included. The service costs £30 (including VAT) per month and there is a connection fee of £45 (including VAT).
We install a small radio unit on the premises, typically on the TV pole, and run a cable from there to an Ethernet socket mounted on an outside wall, inside the house. The radio is powered by a small power unit which plugs into the socket. A cable-type router is connected to the socket. We can provide a suitable router or can advise on other types.
If your location qualifies for the current government broadband subsidy scheme, we waive the connection fee and the router comes free of charge. We are small enough to provide a personal service and can offer custom tariffs if necessary. We can also provide free help with Internet-related computer problems when time permits.
One of Countryside Broadband’s customers, based in South Oxfordshire:
“Countryside Broadband came to our properties very swiftly to assess the site and, within a few days, had installed a radio broadband service that delivers us and our neighbours in the region of 8-15Mbps. The installation was very un-intrusive and inexpensive, and the resulting broadband service has been extremely stable, reliable and, of course, fast. It would be no exaggeration to say that it has changed our lives.
Countryside Broadband’s service is inexpensive, they are always on the end of the phone, their customer service is exemplary, any maintenance that is required is carried out very quickly and professionally and they are, in short, a delight to deal with.”