Aylesbury District Council has formed a company Aylesbury Vale Broadband to help bring superfast broadband to more areas within the councils boundaries. Some £1.5 million of council money from the New Homes Bonus fund will be used to drive several pilots and also hopefully unlock match funding of potentially £2.56m from Westminster, which we presume is the money already announced as part of the drive towards UK wide 95% superfast broadband availability.
The first public meeting was held a week ago and the Aylesbury Vale Broadband website should hopefully update with more information about what is planned and the projects progress.
The first pilot is set to cover the villages of North Marston, Granborough and Hogshaw which form a neat triangle and looking at speed test results for the area suffer a median speed of 2.4 Mbps down and 0.3 Mbps upload. The full council area of Aylesbury Vale district has fibre based broadband available to around 74% of premises currently, which reduces to 66.6% when you add the qualifier of speeds of 30 Mbps or faster (Virgin Media is available to a 38% of premises). The new project acknowledges this existing coverage and is very much aiming to cover the 20% of the district where they are not expecting the phase 1 BDUK project to reach.