Shropshire village celebrates fibre broadband upgrade

Tuesday, October 15th 2013
A village in Shropshire is holding an event to celebrate fibre optic broadband.
Shropshire village celebrates fibre broadband upgrade
The village of Little Wenlock in Shropshire will hold a ceremonial event today (October 15th) to celebrate gaining access to fibre optic broadband.

It follows a community project by service provider BT and mining company UK Coal, which has equipped the rural village with some of the fastest speeds in the country.

Representatives from both parties will be joined by councillors and local residents at Little Wenlock Village Hall to take part in the activation of the broadband cabinet that will transform the area's connectivity.

This rollout differs from most other UK upgrades as it was residents from the estimated 100 properties in the village that facilitated the installation - raising the money themselves after BT claimed it was not commercially viable to include them in a government-funded scheme.

Parish Clerk John Marcham was one of the leaders of the project and he described the move as a "major milestone" saying the improvements to everyday life in the village could not be underestimated.

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