The Rural Community Broadband Fund (RCBF) has often been ridiculed, but another project is set to benefit from the fund. The Parish of Northmoor in Oxfordshire has managed to secure funding for broadband improvements and via a procurement process ran by West Oxfordshire District Council Gigaclear has been appointed to build a network in the area.
This means that once the neighbouring Stanton & Harcourt Sutton network build by Gigaclear has finished they would move down the road to Northmoor and commence construction of their 1000 Mbps FTTP network to homes and businesses. The time scale is such that work is hoped to complete by September 2014.
"We are acutely aware of the importance of fast, reliable broadband, and the difficulties faced by communities in our rural district in gaining access to this. The local community broadband project group in Northmoor parish has done a sterling job in bringing this project forward and our Council is delighted to have supported them through the procurement process and appoint Gigaclear to make this scheme a reality. It will make a huge difference to those living and working there."Cllr Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member for Communities at WODC
The network build is also set to include some caravans in a caravan park that was flooded back in January 2014 during the winter that did not know when to stop raining. This probably means that they will be the fastest caravans in the country.
The sign-up page is open for already for those keen to secure themselves a connection at the earliest date possible.
Update 6pm We have spoke with Gigaclear and the lower priced £23 service mentioned on the Northmoor page is a lifeline service, with 2 Mbps symmetric speeds designed for those on a budget or without the permanent need for faster speeds (a boost giving 1000 Mbps and lasting two days is available for £4.80). £23 may sound expensive for a 2 Mbps service, but remember that there is no need to pay copper voice line rental (£10 to £16 per month) which is often more expensive than the entry level broadband products.The lifeline product is only available on the Northmoor network and is a result of the grant funding.