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February 24, 2016 / 3 comments / Permalink

Boost for thousands more homes and businesses as Connecting Shropshire passes major milestone

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More than 50,000 households and businesses across Shropshire now have access to faster fibre broadband as a result of Connecting Shropshire, partners Shropshire Council and BT announced today (Tuesday 23 February 2016).

Among the latest communities to benefit are Atcham, Burlton, Childs Ercall, Norton, Wistanstow and Worthen, where households and firms are now able to access high-speed fibre broadband for the first time.

One of many local businesses already reaping the benefits of upgrading to faster fibre broadband is Brompton Cookery School and Brompton Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast, located between Cross Houses and Wroxeter.

Celebrity chef, Marcus Bean, and his wife, Jenny, who run the business, said the quality and reliability of their broadband had improved greatly since upgrading to a fibre service.

Marcus said: “Both the download and upload speeds are much faster than before, even though we’re about a kilometre from the new fibre cabinet in Cross Houses.

“Because of our remote location it’s essential for us to have an online presence, which serves as our shop window to the world. A reliable broadband connection allows us to maintain our two websites (www.bromptoncookeryschool.co.uk and www.bromptonfarmhouse.co.uk) more quickly and easily, making us more competitive and appealing to our customers.

Jenny said: “We weren’t sure about making the switch to fibre broadband to start with and had concerns about the possible impact on business continuity of a change in service. However, when we looked into it, we realised it was going to be significantly cheaper than our previous business broadband service so we just bit the bullet – and have never looked back.”

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for broadband, said: “It’s great to see how faster fibre broadband is benefitting more local businesses and households across the county, as well as important sectors like tourism.

“However, while this milestone marks a great achievement, we are fully aware that there is still work to be done to bring fibre broadband to the most hard-to-reach parts of Shropshire, and we are absolutely committed to achieving this.”

Colin Bannon, BT’s regional director for the West Midlands, said: “The Connecting Shropshire rollout is progressing well and our project teams are working hard to bring the benefits of the new technology to more communities as quickly as possible.

“When combined with our commercial rollout, more than 164,000 households and businesses across the whole of Shropshire, including Telford and Wrekin, can now access faster fibre broadband.”

People wanting to find out if fibre broadband is available 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.

3 comments

  1. Please check out the following announcement by BT Openreach on Friday 14th April 2016. Whilst the proposed trial roll out would only offer up to 18mbps download and 2mbps upload FTTC instead of the national target of 90% of homes with Superfast Broadband (FTTC/FTTH) of 24mbps or greater by 2018, it does give some hope to those of us still suffering with ADSL2+ connections in Shropshires more rural areas where we suffer quality of service issues and typical download speeds of between 1 to 5 mbps and upload speeds up to 0.5mbps.

    ISP Review posted their summary of Friday’s the above BT Openreach announcement here:

    http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/7398-openreach-to-trial-18-2-mbps-service-aimed-at-slow-adsl-lines.html

    Additionally, you may wish to check out the following link regarding Connecting Shropshire Broadband Tender plans for July or September 2016:

    http://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2016/04/shropshire-uk-moot-new-broadband-tender-july-september.html

    Trusting that this may be informative and of assistant to followers of this forum.

    Regards,

    Julian Hayward

  2. What cabinets in the Pipe Gate area are currently connected for Fibre?