Broadband – appeal for help from Shropshire Council

Shropshire Council have issued a new appeal for local residents to help them spread superfast broadband throughout the county. In a story here on the Shropshire Newsroom section of the Council’s web site they have issued a new call for people to fill in an online survey here. They say,

The Connecting Shropshire campaign is working hard to improve broadband speeds across the county – and you can help make a crucial difference.
It is absolutely vital that we prove to the private sector that there is a high demand for superfast broadband in the county to ensure Shropshire has the best chance of securing millions of pounds worth of additional private investment.
We need as many people as possible to register their details by filling in this survey – you won’t be signing up for anything, it’s just giving an indication that people are interested in getting superfast broadband if it became available.
The more people who add their support, the more likely it is that Shropshire will get a big investment from the private sector to add to the commitment already made by Shropshire Council and the Government.

Martin Taylor-Smith, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for ICT, said:

“I cannot emphasise enough just how important it is that people take the time to fill in this survey. About 3,000 people have done it so far, which is great and I would like to thank everyone for their support, but we really need more.
“Time is running out, as we are meeting potential broadband providers next month, so we need a good level of support by the end of May 2012. It really will make a difference and potentially encourage more investment in Shropshire, so please give us just a few minutes of your time to do the survey.”

As we have reported previously here many people in the area still have very slow internet connections, some as low as 0.125mbps! If you have not already completed the survey please do so now – it does not take long.