WORK has begun to improve Chirk’s internet connection.
The town is one of 25 exchange areas to benefit from a share of the £24.6 million Connecting Shropshire programme where residents should soon be able to start accessing faster fibre broadband over the next 14 months.
The good news, announced by Shropshire Council and BT last week, earmarked Chirk as an area to benefit later in the year while connections in other communities will improve from the Summer.
After several months of planning and surveying work around Chirk, engineers will begin putting in the fibre optic cable and new roadside cabinets that are needed for residents to get access to the new network.
At the same time fibre broadband will be extended in the neighbourhoods of Oswestry not already covered by any commercial rollout.
Mike Cook, BT’s regional director for the West Midlands, added: “It’s a huge engineering project that we’re undertaking here in Shropshire but we’re committed to connecting communities as quickly as possible while of course planning carefully to ensure the project delivers the best value for money from the investment.
“The internet is playing an increasingly important part in all our lives which is why the strong progress being made by Connecting Shropshire is so important.”
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