The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced Oxfordshire’s inclusion in the next phase of Project Gigabit rollout. Contracts worth up to £114m will be procured by DCMS for delivery of gigabit capable broadband infrastructure to approximately 68,600 hard-to-reach premises in Oxfordshire and West Berkshire where public funding is needed to support private investment.
We welcome this announcement of significant additional funding for Oxfordshire to increase access to full fibre broadband. However the announcement acknowledges that more collaborative work is needed with DCMS and we shall keep Oxfordshire residents up to date with developments.
Meanwhile, our Digital Infrastructure Programme continues with delivery of our current projects including the GigaHubs project which is connecting public buildings across Oxfordshire in partnership with DCMS.
‘Full Fibre’ broadband is the next generation of connectivity, which extends the fibre footprint established under the council’s Better Broadband for Oxfordshire programme, all the way into homes and businesses.
DCMS Press Release for South East England.pdf (175.74 KB)
Project Gigabit - Public Review Launch in Oxfordshire & West BerkshireThe government is on a mission to deliver lightning-fast, reliable broadband to everyone in the UK and is investing £5 billion in Project Gigabit to ensure that hard-to-reach communities are not left out.
The Public Review for Project Gigabit ran from 4th Feb 2022 to the 4th March 2022. The intervention area for the project has been defined by BDUK, and the Procurement launched in March 2023 and is due to close in July 2023. Further updates will be added when available.
For additional details of the Public Review and more information, click the link below.