Connecting Shropshire

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Connecting Shropshire announces £11.2m broadband contract

July 11, 2017 / 3 comments / Permalink

On Monday 10 July 2017, Connecting Shropshire announced that Airband Community Internet Ltd will be the delivery partner for the next phase of Shropshire Council’s superfast broadband programme. Since 2002, Airband has been providing high-speed wireless broadband access to rural … Continue reading »

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

February 24, 2016 / 3 comments / Permalink

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, … Continue reading »

Artistic Shropshire pupil with designs on faster broadband wins poster competition with ‘lightning fast’ entry

September 29, 2015 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Nesscliffe becomes latest community to benefit from Connecting Shropshire’s rollout of fibre broadband A Shropshire youngster with designs on faster fibre broadband is celebrating today. Artistic Josie Lawson, aged 8, has won a poster competition organised by Connecting Shropshire, lead … Continue reading »

Broadband boost for 40,000 Shropshire homes and businesses

September 17, 2015 / 4 comments / Permalink

More than 40,000 homes and businesses across the county are now able to connect to faster fibre broadband as a result of Connecting Shropshire, partners Shropshire Council and BT announced today. The latest villages to benefit from the rollout of … Continue reading »

Open Letter – Strategy for Broadband in Shropshire

June 18, 2015 / 7 comments / Permalink

Dear All In order to set expectations and dispel some of the myths perpetrated by detractors of the Connecting Shropshire Programme I thought I would provide an ‘open’ letter update on our progress and aspirations for delivering better broadband to … Continue reading »

Fibre broadband arrives in Myddle & Harmer Hill – a case history

May 8, 2015 / Leave a comment / Permalink

This article has been contributed by a guest blogger, Colin Ruck, any views expressed are his own. At last it has arrived. As one resident said “It is like winning the Lottery”. In both villages we have struggled to join … Continue reading »

Connecting Shropshire broadband update – 174 cabinets now live!

April 27, 2015 / 8 comments / Permalink

Ever since the first roadside cabinet went live in December 2013, Connecting Shropshire has been working hard to install fibre broadband. To date, 174 new roadside cabinets have been installed and are live in 43 exchange areas putting over 30,000 … Continue reading »

A look ahead in 2015

March 10, 2015 / Leave a comment / Permalink

As winter begins its slow, begrudging, retreat we look ahead to this summer and which exchange areas we’ll be working in. The plans for later this year are being finalised so exact locations are still to be confirmed, however the … Continue reading »

Fibre Fact Finding foray #3

February 27, 2015 / 5 comments / Permalink

Fibre Fact Finding foray number three sees Callum visiting an area where Connecting Shropshire is building a ‘fibre to the premise’ or FTTP network. FTTP takes longer to build, and is much more expensive, as the fibre doesn’t terminate at … Continue reading »

Boost for Shropshire homes and businesses as Connecting Shropshire reaches half-way

February 10, 2015 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Around 31,500 homes and businesses across the county are now within reach of faster fibre broadband thanks to the Connecting Shropshire partnership. The achievement marks the half-way point in the roll-out, which is on course to connect more than 63,000 … Continue reading »

Fibre fact-finding expedition

January 14, 2015 / One comment / Permalink

Following my last trip to see the work ‘in the field’ for Connecting Shropshire, this time I was sent to where the journey begins for fibre optic broadband – the main telephone exchange or ‘head end’ exchange. Armed with a … Continue reading »

Superfast broadband comes to Much Wenlock

January 7, 2015 / Leave a comment / Permalink

More than 1,000 further Shropshire homes and businesses can benefit from superfast speeds More than 1,000 residents and businesses in medieval Much Wenlock are being encouraged to sign up for superfast broadband, following the arrival of the new technology in … Continue reading »

Village downloads early Christmas present from Connecting Shropshire

December 19, 2014 / 5 comments / Permalink

An historic village in north east Shropshire has received an early Christmas present from the Connecting Shropshire fibre broadband partnership that will put it at the forefront of the digital information age. Villagers in Adderley, near Market Drayton, can count on … Continue reading »

Connecting Shropshire fibre broadband project marks double milestone

October 6, 2014 / 4 comments / Permalink

Connecting Shropshire – the multi-million pound high-speed fibre broadband programme – is celebrating a double milestone. Thursday 2 October saw the switching on of the programme’s 100th high-speed fibre broadband roadside cabinet, which took the number of homes and businesses … Continue reading »

Fibre fact-finding expedition

October 6, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

I’m not an engineer, I just help out running Connecting Shropshire’s social media accounts. So, to help me gain an understanding of what they do, the Connecting Shropshire team sent me out for a road trip with Openreach to see … Continue reading »

Plans to provide fibre broadband to 13 new exchange areas announced

September 15, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

New exchange area map outlines programme’s plans up until December 2015. Thirteen more exchange areas will get high-speed fibre broadband before the end of next year as part of the multi-million pound Connecting Shropshire programme. The partnership between Shropshire Council, … Continue reading »

Connecting Shropshire connects Pontesbury exchange area to fibre broadband

August 12, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

More than 2,300 homes and businesses in Pontesbury, Minsterley and Snailbeach now have access to fibre broadband The roll-out of fibre based broadband across Shropshire passed another milestone this week as the final cabinet in Pontesbury exchange area was connected … Continue reading »

Artistic Shropshire pupil with designs on faster broadband is honoured by Connecting Shropshire

June 27, 2014 / 8 comments / Permalink

An artistic county youngster will be honoured today by the Connecting Shropshire broadband partnership after scooping top prize in an unusual competition. A Banksy-style art challenge was organised to mark Bicton Church of England Primary School becoming the first in … Continue reading »

Meet the Engineers

May 30, 2014 / 3 comments / Permalink

One sunny/rainy day (depending on when you looked out the window), we hitched a ride with some nice chaps from BT to go and meet some of the Openreach engineers who are working on the Connecting Shropshire project to bring … Continue reading »

Connecting Shropshire reaches first anniversary

March 27, 2014 / 4 comments / Permalink

Albrighton, Cosford, Halfway House, Minsterley, Pontesbury, Westbury and Yockleton are latest communities to ‘go live’ The multi-million pound Connecting Shropshire partnership rolling out faster fibre broadband across the county continues to gain momentum, partners Shropshire Council and BT confirmed as … Continue reading »

Timetable of fibre broadband roll-out for next 14 months announced

February 7, 2014 / 109 comments / Permalink

Programme moves up a gear during 2014 as work begins in 25 more areas Work has begun in the next 25 exchange areas to benefit from the £24.6 million Connecting Shropshire programme. On Friday 7th February, partners Shropshire Council and … Continue reading »

Latest communities to benefit from Connecting Shropshire broadband partnership are announced

January 21, 2014 / 8 comments / Permalink

Fibre broadband coming soon to 18 more Shropshire communities  The next communities to benefit from the £24.6 million Connecting Shropshire fibre broadband partnership were announced today by Shropshire Council and BT. Alberbury, Aston on Clun, Boningale, Clungunford, Cosford, Cross Lane … Continue reading »


January 15, 2014 / Leave a comment / Permalink

Battlefield Enterprise Park becomes first in the county to start to benefit from £24.6m partnership between Shropshire Council and BT;  Businesses invited to event to gain insight into benefits of fibre broadband  The new roadside cabinet provides access to fibre … Continue reading »


December 18, 2013 / 3 comments / Permalink

Fibre based broadband has arrived in Montford Bridge, Connecting Shropshire announced today. More than 160 homes and businesses in Montford Bridge will have access to the new fibre enabled network as the first roadside cabinet to be funded by the … Continue reading »

Update – November 2013

November 15, 2013 / 2 comments / Permalink

First communities announced We’ve just announced that from early 2014, fibre based broadband, with many premises receiving speeds of more than 24 megabits per second (mbps), will start to become available to homes and businesses in Montford Bridge, Montford, Bicton, … Continue reading »

First communities to benefit from multi-million pound Connecting Shropshire broadband programme are announced

October 24, 2013 / 15 comments / Permalink

The first rural communities to benefit from the £24.6 million Connecting Shropshire broadband programme were today named by Shropshire Council and BT. From early 2014, high-speed fibre based broadband with speeds of more than 24 megabits per second (mbps) will … Continue reading »

Update – August 2013

August 29, 2013 / 14 comments / Permalink

Since our last update in June, the Connecting Shropshire programme has continued at pace. As a result of this partnership work we anticipate being able to announce some of the early communities that will benefit from access to fibre based … Continue reading »

Update – June 2013

June 24, 2013 / 8 comments / Permalink

We’re working hard to get things moving – read all about the latest developments here. Continue reading »

Project update – April 2013

April 11, 2013 / 30 comments / Permalink

Following an intense period of activity through the winter, Shropshire Council announced the outcome of its procurement process on March 27  2013. British Telecommunications PLC (BT) were chosen as the partner to deliver this exciting project which will see 93% … Continue reading »