Increasing number of homes in rural communities with access to high speed broadband


Number of homes enabled to connect to superfast broadband

The Council’s performance measures for broadband only cover premises in the Shropshire Council area where State Aid approval has been granted to invest. This is known as the Intervention Area. The area accounts for approximately half of the premises (circa 72k) in the Shropshire Council area, and include 3 contracts, with 2 partners, BT and Airband. All remaining areas, and new premises are the responsibility of the commercial market to deliver to, not the Local Authority. Commercial providers in Shropshire include Virgin Media, BT, and Secure Web Services. 

Within our control are the following contracts:

Contract 1 (BT) deployment completed in spring 2017 and resulted in an extra 52,453 premises getting access to superfast broadband;

Contract 2 (BT) commenced in autumn 2016, approximately 4,000 premises are expected to benefit from this contract by 2019;

Contract 3 (Airband) commenced in spring 2017, and will connect 14,000 premises with superfast broadband by 2020.

At the end of all of our contracts, assuming that all other commercial broadband is delivered as expected, and all new premises are connected, we anticipate 98% of Shropshire premises will have access to superfast broadband. 

Shropshire Council continues to be fully committed to the aspirations of connecting all our premises to superfast broadband. As at June 2021 68,487 premises had gained access to high speed broadband.