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Newsletter, September 2020

September 17, 2020 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from Connecting Shropshire on the following topics:

Top-up Voucher Scheme

Shropshire Council has made up to £1 million of additional funding available to ‘top-up’ the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

Broadband coverage map updated

Connecting Shropshire has analysed the information from the Market Intelligence Review and the updated Coverage Map is now available online.

To view, please click on the following link: http://connectingshropshire.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/20200914-Connecting-Shropshire-broadband-programme-update-September-2020.pdf

Shropshire Council adds £1 million to rural broadband scheme

September 14, 2020 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Extra funding to help rural premises benefit from up to £7,000 for a faster broadband connection is now available in Shropshire.

Shropshire Council has made up to £1 million of additional funding available to ‘top-up’ the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme, in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

For homes, the maximum funding per voucher will be £4,000, thanks to an extra £2,500 per voucher from Shropshire Council. Eligible businesses can receive an additional £3,500, bringing the maximum funding per voucher to £7,000. To qualify for the scheme, residents/businesses must be located in a rural area and be unable to get broadband speeds of 100Mbps.

To find out more about the Voucher Scheme, go to: http://connectingshropshire.co.uk/gigabit-broadband-voucher-scheme/

To read the full news story, go to: https://newsroom.shropshire.gov.uk/2020/09/rural-broadband-scheme/

Newsletter, August 2020

September 1, 2020 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from Connecting Shropshire on the following topics:

  • Market Intelligence Review update
  • Airband Case Study: FoxTrax in Marchamley
  • Full Fibre Case Study: Designers Collective in Shrewsbury

To view, please click here

Newsletter, April 2020

April 20, 2020 / Leave a comment / Permalink

News from Connecting Shropshire on the following topics:

  • What speed do I need?
  • What speed should I be getting from my broadband provider?
  • Launch of Ofcom’s Broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO)

To view, please click on the following link: 20200420 Connecting Shropshire broadband programme update – April 2020

Broadband USO

March 20, 2020 / Leave a comment / Permalink

From 20 March 2020, Ofcom’s Broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO) provides people with the right to request a decent and affordable broadband service. The USO was introduced by the Government in the 2017 Digital Economy Bill.

This service is defined in law as an affordable service with a download speed of at least 10Mbps and an upload speed of at least 1Mbps. Ofcom currently define ‘affordable’ as a service costing no more than £46.10 per month.

Ofcom have appointed BT as the Universal Service Provider for most of the UK, including Shropshire.

Shropshire Council has no influence on the USO and does not administer the process.

Shropshire Council see the USO as a ‘safety net’ and remain committed to its priority of giving all premises access to superfast broadband as soon as possible.

If you have a query about the USO, please contact BT directly:
Phone: 0800 783 0223
Website: www.bt.com/uso

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