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Shropshire villagers finally get broadband wish

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After more than six years of campaigning residents in a Shropshire village have finally been connected and set up with super fast broadband.

Parish councillor Roy Tydeman has been fighting to get fibre optic broadband installed in Adderley, near Market Drayton.

The majority of the village's 100-plus premises can now access superfast broadband speeds of 24 megabits per second (Mbps) or above, and the average download speed has increased from 0.45Mbps to nearly 59Mbps.

And now Mr Tydeman and his wife Jackie, who live just outside Adderley, have been connected to the network.

Mr Tydeman said: "It is thanks to Andy Boughey and Graham Easter than we have been connected.

"Once they got involved things started moving very quickly due to their expertise.

"They were great and knew what the problem was straight away.

"Some of our neighbours are still waiting to be connected and I hope that it is sorted out soon.

"They have had six engineers out and still no luck as yet. It is the same issue with each property so now our problem has been solved hopefully the same thing will happen at our neighbours.

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"We know the problem it is just getting the right people out here."

The scheme is being delivered by Connecting Shropshire partners, Shropshire Council and BT.

Mrs Tydeman said: "It is brilliant now we are connected.

"I can now Skype my grandson as he lives in Lincoln which is a long way away. I thought it would be nice to get the internet to speak to him.

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"Hopefully our neighbours problems can be sorted soon and we will all have broadband.

"Many thanks to the engineers that helped us - they were great."

Chris Taylor, programme manager of Connecting Shropshire Programme, said: "Prior to Christmas, Connecting Shropshire announced that the cabinet in Adderley would be connected to the new fibre network.

"Projections showed that the vast majority of the 100-plus premises served by the cabinet would get speeds of 24 megabits per second (Mbps) or above.

"Indeed the village have embraced this positive development with 40 per cent signing up for faster speeds of up to 80Mbps."

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