Connecting Shropshire

#Make the Switch

The Connecting Shropshire roll-out is going well, with around 60,000 homes and businesses already able to access faster fibre broadband.

But it might surprise you to hear that despite this progress to date, only around 40% of those households that are able to connect to the new fibre optic network have actually chosen to do so.

We think this is partly because people assume that, once fibre broadband has been ‘switched on’ in their area, they’ll automatically get faster speeds without having to do anything. But that’s not the case.

So you might be wondering, how do I get fibre broadband then?

Step 1: You need to check to see if fibre broadband is available to your property, and you can do this using the checker on the following page:

Step 2: If fibre broadband is available, because the network we’ve built is open to all internet service providers, we recommend that you shop around to get the best deal by using a comparison website, such as: Please note that this comparison website does not work for ‘fibre to the premises’ connections, to find out more, go to:

Step 3: You’ll then need to contact your chosen internet service provider to make the switch to fibre broadband.

Knowing how to upgrade may not be enough of a tempter for you to go through with it. So why should you?

  • A fibre broadband internet connection not only gives you faster download speeds, it also gives you far quicker upload speeds, which to some businesses is critically important.
  • It provides a more reliable connection that more people in your home can use at the same time. That means you can be video calling a friend in Australia, while your partner is streaming a programme on catch up TV and the kids are gaming online without your connection being affected.
  • It may not be more expensive depending on the service provider and package you choose.

In short, it makes things in life more easily accessible and opens up a whole range of possibilities that may not have been available to you, your family or your business before.