West Oxfordshire council to repeat procurement process
There was a period of hope for residents and businesses in the West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) area that many of those missed out from the commercial and existing BDUK roll-outs would benefit from universal coverage delivered by a mixture of Fibre to the Premises and fixed wireless broadband via Cotswold Broadband, alas it seems after a couple of false starts the project has closed down and the council is back to finding another solution.
Cotswold Broadband has updated their website to add a simple note about 'withdrawing from the project' and the local press has some comments from councillors indicating that while this project has failed, procurement will be run again to see if another option exists.
"It is very disappointing that Cotswolds Broadband’s project failed after so much hard work. The delay for residents is really frustrating.
Taking on the procurement process ourselves demonstrates that we are absolutely committed to securing superfast broadband access for everyone in the district as soon as possible."Councillor Colin Dingwall, cabinet member for broadband at WODC talking to Oxford Mail
Gigaclear last week issued a comment featured on ISPReview that their involvement in the project was on hold, and as Gigaclear had lined up £3.2m of funding matching the £1.6m loan from WODC and a £1.6m government grant this was not small amounts of money. The aim had been to ensure superfast broadband for some 6,000 premises and pictures of the bases for the first fibre cabinets had been posted back in 2016 by Cotswold Broadband.