Connecting Shropshire secures additional funding for fibre broadband roll-out
A further £1,454,257 has been awarded to Connecting Shropshire by the government to provide over 1,000 additional rural premises with access to faster fibre broadband.
This extra coverage will be provided under an extension to the current Connecting Shropshire programme being rolled-out by BT in partnership with Shropshire Council and Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK). Coverage details will be confirmed once technical surveys of the areas have been completed.
Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council cabinet member for broadband, said: “The Connecting Shropshire programme team have worked extremely hard to bring in this additional funding, which backs up our pledge as a Council to do all we can to secure additional funding to give access to fibre based broadband to as many homes and businesses in the Council area as possible.”
Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said: “This additional funding is excellent news for Shropshire and the extra £1,454,257 will take superfast broadband to an extra 1,000 premises that would otherwise have had to wait. The UK already does more business online than any other European country and widespread access to superfast speeds will provide a welcome boost to Shropshire’s economy.”
Rural Affairs Minister Dan Rogerson said: “Fast and reliable broadband coverage is crucial to building stronger rural economies and enabling farmers and all rural businesses to grow and thrive. This extra funding will allow rural businesses to benefit and will help close the rural and urban divide in broadband coverage.”