Oxfordshire County Council is the latest area to announce what it is doing with its gainshare windfall of £2.56m which has arisen due to the levels of take-up (currently at above 45%) of the services already delivered, plus an additional £2m of efficiency savings. This has formed two new funds £4m to go towards getting superfast broadband to another 3,000 households and business premises, and a £600,000 fund for co-funding projects in conjunction with local communities.
“While today’s announcement is more great news for people living and working in some of the harder to reach parts of our county, we are continuing to look for cost-effective ways to reach the final four per cent of county premises not yet able to access this important service. We hope our co-funding initiative will play an important part in helping Oxfordshire to have the best access to digital services, even in the very rural areas. We’ve already had interest from several small eligible communities and are keen to hear from any other communities that might be interested.”
Councillor David Bartholomew, Oxfordshire County Council cabinet member