The Connecting Shropshire roll-out has put 45,000 homes and businesses within reach of a fibre broadband service. To date, only around 20% of those premises that are able to connect to the new fibre optic network have actually chosen to do so. It is thought that this is partly because people wrongly assume that, once fibre broadband has been switched on in their area, they ll automatically get faster speeds without having to do anything. That is not the case. To help explain the process, Connecting Shropshire have launched a campaign explaining how to make the switch to fibre broadband:
Place your order contact your chosen internet service provider to place your order. Be sure to mention that it is fibre broadband you want.
Basic Broadband Subsidy Scheme
The Government has committed to giving access to 2Mbps download speed (a basic broadband service) to every premises in the UK from the end of 2015. As part of this commitment Connecting Shropshire, in conjunction with Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), is making available the option of a subsidised satellite broadband connection for eligible premises. The Basic Broadband Subsidy Scheme provides support towards the cost of the installation of a satellite broadband connection so that a basic broadband service can be purchased for a first year cost of no more than 400 (taking account of any up-front costs and the 12 month service charges). The scheme can also be used to access more expensive packages with higher speeds and/or greater monthly data allowances.
You will only be eligible if your premises has access to download speeds of less than 2Mbps.
Likewise, if you are likely to benefit from superfast broadband within 12 months of your application, you may not wish to enter into a minimum 12 month contract with a satellite broadband service provider under the scheme, and may prefer to wait until superfast broadband becomes available to you.
Further details about the scheme can be found at:
- ^ www.connectingshropshire.co.uk/when-and-where/ (www.connectingshropshire.co.uk)
- ^ www.cable.co.uk/connectingshropshire/ (www.cable.co.uk)
- ^ www.connectingshropshire.co.uk (www.connectingshropshire.co.uk)
- ^ www.connectingshropshire.co.uk/basic-broadband-subsidy-scheme/ (www.connectingshropshire.co.uk)