BT urged to bring fibre broadband to Ironbridge

Thursday, June 6th 2013
A new petition calls for BT to install faster broadband in Ironbridge, Shropshire.
BT urged to bring fibre broadband to Ironbridge
BT has been urged to roll out super-fast broadband in the Shropshire village of Ironbridge.

Samuel Joyce, a 22-year-old-student, has launched a campaign calling for the telecoms giant to include the community in its deployment plans, with the local parish council giving its backing to the move.

As it stands, BT appears to have no plans to upgrade the local exchange, Mr Joyce told the Shropshire Star - meaning residents may have to wait several years for faster broadband.

Councillor Keith Osmund-Smith from The Gorge Parish Council said the local authority is "definitely" behind the scheme, pointing out that nearby communities like Madeley and Woodside have been upgraded while Ironbridge is being forced to wait.

"There is a lot of commerce and industry there which would benefit from high-speed broadband," he insisted.

BT has already committed to investing heavily in Shropshire's broadband infrastructure, having signed a £24.6 million deal with the county council to bring super-fast speeds to 93 per cent of properties in the area.

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