Connecting Shropshire has connected up with BT to deliver improved super-fast broadband coverage across the county. The project has a total fund of £24.6 million, with £8.6m from BT, £8.2m from the council and £7.84m from the central BDUK funds, and should over the period of three years result in 93% of premises being able to access a super-fast broadband by the end of Spring 2016.
"We have been working hard, through our Connecting Shropshire project, to drive forward improvements to broadband provision for residents and businesses, so we are delighted to have reached this point. We look forward to working closely with BT over the coming years to ensure people start seeing the benefits of faster broadband even in the remote, rural parts of our county."George Candler, commissioning director for Shropshire Council
An important footnote is that the Telford and Wrekin Council area is not part of this agreement. If you live or work in Shropshire and want more information on the project visit the Connecting Shropshire website where once plans have been worked on detail about the roll-out should appear.
For those people living in the Telford and Wrekin area and are outside the commercial footprints for super-fast services it is worth reading this blog which carries a response from the council that in view of the level of cutbacks the council faces it cannot justify the £100 per property match funding that would be required. This position is not unexpected in austere times, but if the benefits in terms of business generation from better broadband speeds and coverage are at all correct, the council may have just said goodbye to one possible route for growth.