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Gigaclear and Prime Minister switch on ultrafast broadband in Northmoor

Tuesday, August 19th 2014 by Hannah Langston
Prime Minister David Cameron switches on ultrafast broadband network in Northmoor

A new fibre-to-the-premises broadband network has been activated in rural Oxfordshire.

Prime Minister David Cameron has helped to bring ultrafast broadband to hundreds of properties in the Northmoor area of Oxfordshire by switching on Gigaclear's new fibre-to-the-premises network.

The Conservative Party leader and MP for Witney was on hand to activate the future-proof infrastructure following two months of construction work from the rural fibre optic broadband specialist.

To mark the occasion, Mr Cameron spoke to Independent Networks Co-operative Association Chief Executive Malcolm Corbett in a video call made from a smart TV set connected to the fibre broadband service.

Residents in Northmoor, Moreton and Bablockhythe turned to Gigaclear to improve their broadband access after discovering that the 500 or so homes and businesses in the area were unlikely to be included in the government-backed Superfast Oxfordshire rollout.

A community broadband group led by Parish Council Chairman Graham Shelton obtained an EU grant from the Rural Communities Broadband Fund and launched a procurement exercise, which was ultimately won by Gigaclear.

Mr Cameron commented: "This is a great advertisement of how a small community can come together with the help of the government's Rural Community Broadband Fund to get some of the fastest broadband in the country brought directly to their homes."

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