The Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee made their visit on the 11th February taking a tour of the area with visits to the Tree Barn at Greenfield and the Hundred Hills Vineyard at Pishill prior to the official evidence session at Russell’s Water Village Hall where there was a full house to hear the witness evidence
The visit started with an informal reception hosted by Connect8’s William Perrin at the Barn at Britwell Hill Farm. This gave the four MP’s the chance to meet a large number of our Connect8 supporters informally and to hear their personal accounts of the quest for an acceptable broadband service – our guests included local councillors and Commander Rory Freeman of Thames Valley Police who was able to witness the strategic importance of the masts on Britwell Hill in kicking off the radio solution outlined in the proposals being put forward by Village Networks.
The visits to the Tree Barn and the Hundred Hills Vineyard gave the CMS MP’s a perfect demonstration of the problems faced by these rural business ventures through a lack of super fast broadband and with no firm indication of when BT will finally deliver the promised connectivity.
BBC Oxford gave the visit full coverage in their TV news programme.