Freedom Fibre has been awarded £24 Million government contract from Project Gigabit to deliver FTTP full fibre broadband to 12,000 Shropshire homes.
Boost to rural Shropshire
Thousands of homes and businesses in Shropshire will benefit from high-speed full-fibre broadband, after a £24 million Government contract was awarded to Freedom Fibre.
This new three-year contract is part of the Government’s £5 billion Project Gigabit, which aims to provide lightning-fast gigabit-capable broadband to hard-to-reach communities across the UK.
Freedom Fibre’s network will be rolled out in many communities across north Shropshire including Cockshutt, Hinstock, High Ercall, Bomere Heath, Hadnall, Cheswardine and Clive, transforming broadband speeds and reliability for local residents and businesses.
Freedom Fibre is expected to start network construction in February 2024, with the first properties potentially connected to lightning-fast broadband as early as October 2024.
Freedom Fibre has already started building its network in north Shropshire including Whitchurch.
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The award supports the Government’s priority to grow the economy, creating better-paid jobs and opportunity across the country.
Freedom Fibre will invest thousands of pounds in a broad range of socio-economic and environmental projects across north Shropshire including running its ‘Freedom Fund’ that offers funding for good and green community-led projects within its build areas.
Minister for Data and Digital Infrastructure, Sir John Whittingdale, said:-
Project Gigabit is the Government’s flagship £5 billion programme to enable hard-to-reach communities to access lightning-fast gigabit-capable broadband. It targets homes and businesses that are not included in broadband suppliers’ plans, reaching parts of the UK that might otherwise miss out on getting the digital connectivity they need.
By the end of 2025, the Government is targeting 85% of the UK to have gigabit-capable connectivity, and then nationwide coverage by 2030.
As the drive to deliver gigabit-capable connections intensifies, over recent months several multi-million pound local and regional Project Gigabit contracts have been awarded covering locations including Cambridgeshire, Cornwall and Cumbria.
Areas including Hampshire, Norfolk and Suffolk are all in line for contract awards by summer 2023.