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.
Bridging the Oxfordshire digital divide
Bigblu brings the perfect blend of international expertise and local service to Oxfordshire – it is Europe’s largest provider of satellite broadband, and the company’s headquarters are based in Bicester. From its hub in Oxfordshire it connects rural and homes and businesses across the globe, with its superfast satellite broadband services.
As well as giving customers in Oxfordshire a local touch, it also has the independence that other satellite broadband providers lack – it offers branded satellite broadband tariffs for all the leading European networks providers, including; Avanti, SES and Tooway – giving customers in Oxfordshire (and beyond) a one-stop shop so they can precisely tailor the best solution, service and value for money.
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. Its customers say it best - Oxfordshire resident Robert Owen comments:
“I have been very impressed by bigblu. For six years I have had to suffer broadband speeds of less than 0.1Mbps – I have become a regular face at my local pub as that was the only place I could go to check my emails. Having this new connection from bigblu has been life changing. Also, the customer service they have provided has been excellent. They have been particularly helpful, and it’s very reassuring to know that they are based nearby.”
Satellite broadband from bigblu provides a real and cost-effective alternative to a slow or no wired broadband connection. The company can deliver a 30Mbps satellite Internet service, regardless of location.
Bigblu is fully accredited partner of the Better Broadband scheme. As the UK’s biggest satellite broadband provider, it has been at the forefront of negotiations with BDUK, actively encouraging the government to subsidise the installation cost for people that cannot access an affordable broadband service with a speed of at least 2Mbps per second.
Depending where you live, you could be eligible for a free installation and packages offering up to 30Mb superfast broadband. As a result of this scheme, bigblu has helped to get thousands more Brits – and Oxfordshire resident - online.
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!"