Improved BDUK funding deal for Shropshire

Thursday, June 4th 2015
Shropshire residents are to benefit from an extra £5.5 million in funding for enhanced broadband services.
Improved BDUK funding deal for Shropshire
An additional £5.5 million investment in the delivery of next-generation online services has been pledged as part of the ongoing Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme for Shropshire.

The funds will now be channelled into the ongoing Connecting Shropshire broadband initiative, which will see upgrades to internet exchanges at Montford Bridge, Prees and Munslow, among others, in the months ahead.

Launched in 2013, Connecting Shropshire is operated by Shropshire Council in partnership with BT and has so far benefited up to 130,000 premises across the county.

The work forms part of ambitious efforts to deliver 95 per cent broadband coverage for the nation as a whole by the end of 2017 under the BDUK banner.

BT's Managing Director of Next Generation Access Bill Murphy told the Shropshire Star: "Rolling out fibre broadband in a rural county like Shropshire has its engineering challenges, but our teams have the expertise to ensure the roll-out continues smoothly and quickly."

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