We hosted a public meeting at The Social on Thursday 4 April with representatives from Oxfordshire County Council’s Better Broadband Team, Openreach and Gigaclear.
Watlington currently benefits from superfast broadband, which means there are fibre cables connecting the telephone exchange to the various green cabinets. However, the connection from the green cabinet to your property was not upgraded meaning you will still have old, likely degraded, copper wire for the final part the internet’s journey to your property. This may be affecting the speed and reliability of your internet connection.
Through a Government scheme, called the Gigabit voucher scheme, businesses (including sole traders and home based businesses) are entitled to up £2,500 towards a fibre to the premises (FTTP) connection with up to 10 residential properties then being able to claim another £500 each. The cumulative value of these vouchers could be enough to install FTTP connections in the whole of Watlington.
WBA will be submitting a proposal to Watlington Parish Council’s Strategy Committee this month to progress this as a community based project. It will need support from as many local businesses and residents as possible so please do express your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.