Make the Switch
Overall, around 90% of premises in the Shropshire Council area have access to superfast broadband, with download speed in excess of 30mbps. Superfast broadband access is provided from a number of broadband infrastructure suppliers, including: Airband, Openreach, Secure Web Services and Virgin Media.
The Connecting Shropshire programme has contracts with Airband and Openreach that have provided over 66,000 homes and businesses with access superfast broadband (in areas that wouldn’t have been covered without public subsidy). However, only around 50% of those households/businesses that are able to connect to the new broadband network have actually chosen to do so.
We think this is partly because people assume that, once faster broadband becomes available 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 faster broadband then?
If you’re in an Openreach fibre optic broadband area:
Step 1: Check to see if fibre broadband is available to your property by using the checker on the following page: https://www.homeandbusiness.openreach.co.uk/fibre-broadband/when-can-i-get-fibre
Step 2: If fibre broadband is available, because the Openreach network 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: http://www.uswitch.com/broadband/.
Step 3: You’ll then need to contact your chosen internet service provider to make the switch to fibre broadband.
If you’re in an Airband fixed wireless broadband area:
Enter your postcode at https://www.airband.co.uk/ and proceed to order if available.
If it’s not yet available to order, we suggest that you register your interest by entering your postcode on the website at https://home.airband.co.uk/coverage/, and Airband will update you as soon as more information becomes available.
Other broadband infrastructure providers in Shropshire
The following providers are not publicly funded by Shropshire Council, but they do provide a broadband service to Shropshire premises.
Secure Web Services (SWS)
Secure Web Services has infrastructure that provides around 25,000 premises in the Shropshire Council area with access to superfast broadband* (mainly in the west of the county). To check coverage, go to: http://www.securewebservices.co.uk/coverage/
Userve Internet has infrastructure that provides premises in the Shropshire Council area with access to broadband. To check coverage, go to: https://www.userve.net/wireless/
Virgin Media has infrastructure that provides around 3,200 premises in the Shropshire Council area with access to superfast broadband* (mainly in Albrighton & Shifnal).
To check coverage, go to: http://www.virginmedia.com/shop/broadband/