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June 3, 2015 / 4 comments / Permalink

New £5.6m deal will deliver superfast fibre broadband boost for thousands more Shropshire Homes and Businesses

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Around 4,000 more homes and businesses across Shropshire will be able to receive high-speed fibre broadband following an additional £5.6 million of funding announced today.

The latest funding will extend the Connecting Shropshire roll-out which began connecting the first homes and businesses to faster fibre broadband around 18 months ago.

Steve Holmes, BT Client Business Development Director, and Chris Taylor, Connecting Shropshire Programme Manager.

The new deal injects further funding into the Connecting Shropshire partnership between Shropshire Council, Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and BT, with £4.7 million coming from BDUK and £900,000 from BT. Additional funding already available from the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and BDUK will be used to undertake a further procurement exercise by the end of 2015.

This additional funding will mean that more premises will be able to order a fibre broadband connection

Parts of Montford Bridge, Prees and Munslow exchange areas not already enabled for faster fibre broadband will be among the places to benefit from this new funding. More details of the other areas to benefit will be announced before the end of the month. The upgrade work will take place during 2017 and 2018.

So far, more than 34,000 premises are able to upgrade to faster fibre broadband out of the 62,000 planned in the first phase of the Connecting Shropshire roll-out, which is expected to finish at the end of 2016.

People wanting to find out if fibre broadband is in their area should enter their phone number or postcode in the checker on the Connecting Shropshire website: http://connectingshropshire.co.uk/when-and-where/. Residents and businesses wanting to upgrade should contact their chosen broadband service provider, the broadband speeds don’t increase automatically.

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council Cabinet member with responsibility for broadband, said: “This extension to the Connecting Shropshire programme will provide access to faster fibre broadband to more communities. Even with the extension covering more premises, we know that there is still work to be done which was expected due to the geographical and network challenges we have in Shropshire. We intend to use additional funding already available and the balance of BDUK funds to seek further procurement opportunities to enable more homes and businesses to get superfast broadband.”

Bill Murphy, BT’s managing director of next generation access, said: “Today marks another important milestone in the development of Shropshire. Every day the internet is impacting on lives in new and exciting ways, which is why we are working hard to connect as many communities as possible. Rolling out fibre broadband in a rural county like Shropshire has its engineering challenges, but our teams have the expertise to ensure the roll-out continues smoothly and quickly.”

4 comments

  1. Hiya,
    Great news to hear that the funds are now in place for an extra 4000 homes/premises.
    The article doesn’t quite make it clear who will and won’t get the benefit of this extension to the scheme.

    Will this be for those in the first phase that will get fibre but at only get slow speeds or will it just be for those properties that won’t get any fibre in the first phase.

    Hopefully it is enough to do both but I’m sure a number of other people will be thinking ‘will I get this’, so will anyone still be left wanting after this phase?

    Cheers
    Alan

    • Connecting Shropshire

      To answer your query, it’s a mix of both. We’ll be issuing a map at the end of the month which will give an overall view of which areas are in the programme and which are not.
      Connecting Shropshire team

  2. We live off the A41 at Wistanswick. We are due to have the cabinet no. 1 at Tern Hill Exchange upgraded to superfast by the end of 2015. But because we live on a road off the A41, we may not benefit as they may not run the superfast down our lane?? We are a growing business, we also have Lockley Storage that has a number of businesses at their premises next door to us and we also have another neighbour next to me who is running 2 businesses from their property. We are all desperate for faster speed broadband to enable our fast growing business to expand. Can you please enlighten us as to how we can go about talking to someone at BT to run the superfast broadband to our premises??

    Kind regards

    Mrs Josephine Ward