Oxford homes 'slip through the super-fast broadband net' header image

Published: 22nd Jun 2016

While more than 40,000 homes in Oxfordshire now have access to super-fast broadband, many have slipped through the net and are still having to deal with snail-paced speeds.

According to the Oxford Mail, on March 20th, a new cabinet went live in the northern part of the county, given more homes access to improved connectivity. However, many people living in the area will not be able to take advantage of this.20th, a new cabinet went live in the northern part of the county, given more homes access to improved connectivity. However, many people living in the area will not be able to take advantage of this.

The government's broadband delivery programme aims to roll out super-fast broadband to 95 per cent of households by the end of 2017, leaving five per cent in the lurch - including parts of Oxfordshire, such as Godington, north-east of Bicester, Uffington village and Fernham, both near Faringdon.

Roger Truelove, the manager of horse breeder and provider Godington Stud, told the website that he doesn't expect to benefit from the new cabinet and believes the service in rural communities will remain unchanged. The top speed he can currently access is limited to 3.5 Mbps.

He said: "It’s adequate, for ten years ago. It’s okay for browsing, as long as it’s nothing complicated, but it’s very restrictive when it comes to doing anything with video or uploading files."

Although the area he lived in is scheduled to have faster broadband, the cabinet will be placed in the village of Stratton Audley, which is 3.5 km away. Due to the distance, Mr Truelove feels it won't make any difference to the speeds he can access.

Graham Healy, employee at the Fox and Hounds pub in Uffington, explained to the website that his employer is one of the only businesses on the high street that has a broadband connection.

He said: “People come in here wanting to use our internet - and the more people that do that, the slower it goes.”

For those homes that are being excluded from the super-fast broadband rollout, there are alternative ways to access faster connectivity. Satellite broadband is quick and reliable, isn't limited by geographical location and is less likely to slow down at peak times.