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Telford and Wrekin climbs onboard for the 95% superfast broadband target
Monday 31 March 2014 10:21:10 by Andrew Ferguson

Telford and Wrekin has thrown its hat into the gravy train of broadband subsidies and appears to have said it will match fund the recent allocation of funding by central Government. Local authorities are expected to stump up some of their own cash when taking money to improve broadband coverage.

Telford is best known for having rejected the original BDUK scheme that was aimed at 90% superfast broadband coverage, partly because the existing coverage is so good in this unitary authority, but also it seems the council was not willing to borrow money to fund the scheme.

Coverage in the Shropshire Star over the weekend suggests a change of tactics now that the Government is pushing for a 95% coverage target from the limited funding it has made available.

There is some scope for confusion from the newspaper article, the 6,500 connected does not refer to connected as most broadband users would accept it, but rather it means that around 6,500 homes and businesses can now order a FTTC based service if they want to. The 6,500 seems to roughly match the number of premises that are expected to benefit from the first phases of the Shropshire project.

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