More than 2,000 homes and businesses
across the borough are now able to access faster fibre broadband as a result of
the partnership, which connected the first premises in Dawley around 12 months
Other areas of the borough to benefit
so far include Lawley and Oakengates.
In addition, households and businesses
in Ironbridge, Lightmoor, Rodington and Waters Upton have been able to access
fibre broadband for the first time as a result of the Superfast Telford
Local residents Emma and Edward Thomas
were among the first to opt for an upgrade when fibre broadband went ‘live’ in
Emma, a senior executive in an
international financial services firm, said: “We wanted high-speed broadband in
order for us both to be online at the same time, and because we often need to
connect a number of different devices to the internet. It has made a huge
difference to us since we upgraded in May.
“Having access to this kind of
technology means we can live in the countryside but be as connected as if we
were in the city. I think it is very important that people like us can work
from home and not have to travel miles to work every day or even have to move
back to the city to do our jobs.
“These days we do everything online,
especially since having our baby in July. Being able to do things like internet
banking and shopping makes things a million times easier, especially in the
run-up to Christmas.
“We also use iPlayer a lot for
downloading and catching up with TV. But the new service is also fast enough to
stream live content as it happens rather than having to download overnight.”
Matt Hancock, Minister of State for
Digital and Culture, said: "Fast, reliable broadband is no longer a luxury
but a necessity. Superfast speeds will bring significant benefits to people in
Telford and Wrekin - helping them to do business, access public services and
connect with family and friends in a simpler and quicker way. It's great to
hear more than 2,000 homes and businesses are now able to connect and I hope
many more will follow."
Councillor Angela McClements, Telford
& Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Customer and Neighbourhood Services,
said: “We are really pleased with the progress that the partnership is making
to get fibre broadband to our communities across the borough. As the roll-out
continues even more households and businesses will be able to benefit in the
coming weeks and months thanks to the terrific work of the project team.
“It’s important to remind people that
upgrades do not happen automatically. Once an area has gone ‘live’, households
and businesses who want to take advantage of the many benefits, like the Thomas
family, need to opt for an upgrade through their chosen fibre broadband
Ian Binks, BT’s regional manager for
the West Midlands, said: “Faster fibre broadband is changing the way people
communicate, learn and do business.
“Whether you’re updating a website,
researching the internet for homework or using it for catch-up TV – everything
is easier, better and faster if you use fibre broadband, especially at this
busy time of the year.”
By the end of 2017, around 9,300
households and businesses will have access to fibre broadband, with 8,800 of
them able to get ‘superfast’ download speeds of 24 megabits per second (Mbps)
As the Openreach network is open to all
communications providers, local households opting for an upgrade will be able
to order fibre broadband with download speeds of up to 80Mbps and uploads of up
to 20Mbps* from a wide range of service providers.
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