Homes and businesses in the most remote areas of Oxfordshire are being offered a subsidised satellite broadband connection if they are currently unable to obtain an affordable broadband service of at least 2 Mbps. The scheme is part of the UK government’s commitment to make sure every home and business in the UK can access speeds of at least 2 Mbps by the end of 2015.
The current rollout of superfast broadband is on track to deliver coverage to 95 per cent of Oxfordshire by December 2017 but we are determined to help those with the slowest connections by providing, via this offer, an immediate boost to their available speeds ahead of any future planned improvements.
Subsidies of up to £350 are made available to each qualifying household and users are then responsible for paying any remaining cost of installation and commissioning (if any) and ongoing service charges.
Satellite operators providing services to through the UK government subsidy scheme. You can check whether they cover your area at their websites:
- https://www.freedomsat.co.uk/better-broadband-scheme - Bentley Walker
- https://bigblu.co.uk - Bigblu Broadband
- http://www.broadbandwherever.net - Broadband Wherever
- http://www.digiweb.com/satellite - Digiweb
- http://notspotbroadband.com - NotSpot Broadband
- http://www.primesatellitebroadband.com - Prime Satellite Broadband
- https://www.satelliteinternet.co.uk - Satellite internet
- http://soccom.co.uk - SOC Communitcations
- http://wurzelweb.com - Wurzel
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Following are spotlight articles on two of these companies and the work they are doing in Oxfordshire through the subsidy scheme.
Why choose Bigblu?
Bigblu is now Europe’s #1 alternative internet provider. We operate in over 30 countries, connecting over 80,000 homes in Europe … and over 120,000 homes worldwide. We help more families than ever connect to great value super-fast broadband through satellite, fixed wireless and 4G networks.
Satellite Broadband in Oxfordshire
Fibre roll-out is still a number of years away for many of the most rurally isolated homes and businesses in the county. Are you frustrated by slow or unreliable broadband on a daily basis?
We can usually get you connected to superfast broadband in about a week. So if you want better broadband for your home or business in Oxfordshire now, the chances are satellite broadband could be just what you need. The Government backed voucher scheme is also now available in Oxfordshire. Depending where you live, you could be eligible for a free installation and packages offering up to 30Mb superfast broadband.
Why is satellite so well suited to rural areas?
From the sky, a satellite can “connect” to every square mile of the county with the same speed of service, something that no fibre network can ever realistically offer. With satellite, one small dish attached to your home means you can access the same speeds whether you’re on White Horse Hill or commuting to the heart of the city.
Superfast 30Mb download x 100% coverage = the right solution.
Is Bigblu's satellite broadband right for me?
To recap, consider the questions below:
- Are you constantly frustrated by slow or unreliable broadband?
- Are you unsure whether the government fibre rollout will reach you?
- Would you like to do more online, saving time and money?
- Do you pay over £200 every year for line rental just to get a bad broadband service?
- Would you like to get superfast internet access next week – maybe for free ?
If you’ve answered yes to one or more of these questions, the chances are that Bigblu's satellite broadband is right for you.
What’s more, it’s possible that you could be eligible for a free installation under the government voucher scheme now live across Oxfordshire.
Wurzel supply Superfast Rural Broadband to the hardest to reach locations. Based in the heart of the countryside in West Oxfordshire, we have helped local farms, businesses, events, estates and residential properties connect to Superfast Broadband. Many of these locations have been let down in the past and numerous Broadband companies have tried and failed. If you would like to know if we can reach your location, please visit www.wurzelweb.com and look for your location.
We have an extensive network in place across the rural communities of Oxfordshire and can provide installations within a few days’ notice. We are able to provide temporary or permanent connections. We have supplied high speed internet for single home use, and we have kept tens of thousands of festival goers connected this year at Cornbury festival.
One of Wurzel’s customers:
"We've been running on 1mb for the last two years and Wurzel have brought a stately home into the 21st century with our 35mb connection that suits our business and big event needs. The most amazing thing is, we could have one gigabyte but we don't need it! They specify your usage according to your premises. Great job, thanks!"