Town businesses to meet in superfast broadband drive

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Bicester businesses will meet at an event this month in a drive to bring superfast broadband to the town.

Organised by Bicester Chamber of Commerce and Bicester Vision, the event will give businesses a chance to learn more about plans to put the town ahead of the rest of the county in broadband provision.

Businesses can add their own suggestions, and the chamber says it needs their help to understand the current and desired level of broadband speed.

Organisers want to explore options for superfast broadband at an affordable shared cost, and hope to establish the level of investment local firms are prepared to make.

The event will be held on Tuesday, March 21, in the John Paul II Centre in The Causeway, Bicester, running from 6pm to 8pm.

President of Bicester Chamber of Commerce, Ben Jackson, said: “This is a possible starting point, we can’t say any more than that at the moment.

“We’re data gathering – we want to find out what the challenges are, is it stopping growth, are businesses having problems sustaining their current level, and is it reliable?

“The business community comes second to residential because BT see residential as offering a higher return on their investment.”

Mr Jackson said there was a lot of work going on to bring faster broadband to Oxfordshire, but said this could allow Bicester to gain an edge over other local towns.

The event will include a presentation by Witney-based business communication specialists STL on possible options and their benefits.

For details and bookings, visit http://businessbraodbandbicester.eventbrite.co.uk/#