£5.6 million funding for superfast broadband in Shropshire

Thousands more homes in Shropshire will soon be able to upgrade to superfast broadband following a new £5.6 million joint investment from BT and the government's Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) project.

Under the plan, around 4,000 premises across the county will be able to connect to speedy fibre services by the end of 2018. BDUK confirmed that it will release £4.7 million of funding to extend the broadband infrastructure in the area, while BT will invest £900,000.

Urban and rural areas across Shropshire will benefit from the multi-million pound grant with small villages including Munslow, Montford Bridge and Prees among them. Work is expected to begin on the project in 2017.

The partnership between Shropshire Council, BT and BDUK has already helped 34,000 premises to connect to superfast broadband, and the Connecting Shropshire rollout is expected to bring faster connections to 28,000 more homes by the end of next year.

BT's managing director of next generation access, Bill Murphy said: "Today marks another important milestone in the development of Shropshire. Every day the internet is impacting on lives in new and exciting ways, which is why we are working hard to connect as many communities as possible."

Shropshire Council Cabinet member, Steve Charmley said there was more work to be done to extend fibre broadband to those that need it the most and revealed that further investment was likely in the near future.

He added: "We intend to use additional funding already available and the balance of BDUK funds to seek further procurement opportunities to enable more homes and businesses to get superfast broadband."

Source: BBC

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