Rural Shropshire residents have broadband fears header image

Published: 22nd Jun 2016

The government and BT are set to invest more than £24 million into improving broadband services in Shropshire, but residents in some of the county's rural areas are worried they will not be included in the scheme. 

Speaking to the Shropshire Star, Patrick Cosgrove of the South-west Shropshire and Marches Campaign for Better Broadband said not enough information has been revealed about the project, despite the local council publishing a map showing when and where the rollout will occur. 

"This information is not useful. It tells us nothing specific. This makes it quite impossible for communities in the harder-to-reach areas to make informed plans," he told the news provider. 

Mr Cosgrove said the lack of clear information could harm rural Shropshire residents as other internet service providers will be unwilling to invest in certain areas if they are unsure whether they will be included in the government rollout or not. 

An alternative solution for people in this region is satellite broadband, which is available now and can provide connection speeds of up to 20 Mbps.