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Shropshire the place to move to for Broadband?
Thursday 12 June 2003 12:25:00 by Andrew Ferguson

Shropshire is looking like the place to live if you want a rural location, but affordable Broadband Internet access as well. The Shropshire Star is reporting that £13 million of aid is on its way to the county courtesy of the Advantage West Midlands Regional Development Agency.

Apparently around 1/3rd of Shropshire residents cannot get ADSL at present, this money is intended to increase the coverage to around 97% of county residents. This is going to be done by enabling exchanges over the next 18 months, these are: Bayston Hill, Broseley, Church Stretton, Cuckoo Oak, Dawley, Donnington, Ellesmere, Harlescott, Hollinswood, Newport, Oakengates, Shifnal, Stirchley, Wem, and Whitchurch. Also listed are Kington, Leominster in Herefordshire and Eccleshall, Gnosall in Staffordshire and still fall into the RDA's remit.

In fact once you find the original press release, the actual number of exchanges is much larger and covers a large area of the West Midlands. The full press release from the RDA can be read here. The full list of exchanges that will benefit are:

Herefordshire: Bromyard, Kington, Ledbury, Leominster.

Shropshire: Bayston Hill, Broseley, Church Stretton, Cuckoo Oak, Dawley, Donnington, Ellesmere, Harlescott, Hollinswood, Newport, Oakengates, Shifnal, Stirchley, Wem, Whitchurch.

Staffordshire: Alrewas, Armitage, Ash Bank, Ashley, Audley, Barton Under Needwood, Cheadle, Dimsdale, Eccleshall, Finchdale, Gnosall, Madeley, Milford, Milton Lee, Shenstone, Tean.

Warwickshire: Chapel End, Claverdon, Fillongley, Harbury, Henley-in-Arden, Hurley, Kineton, Lapworth, Shipston on Stour, Studley, Wellesbourne, Wolaston,

West Midlands: Aldridge, Allesley, Ashfield, Brownhills, Fordhouses, Hampton-in-Arden, James Bridge, Keresley, Lye, Pelsall, Rectory, Stone Cross, Willenhall.

Worcestershire: Astwood Bank, Broadway, Cropthorne, Eckington, Hagley, Harvington, Inkberrow, Kempsey, Upton Upon Severn, Wythall.

The focus of this rollout is rural areas, which is the one area that the UK is ignoring when using pure commercial criteria for rolling out ADSL and cable modem access.

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