LUDLOW MP Philip Dunne has welcomed news that Shropshire is to receive the second highest allocation of additional broadband funding to local authorities in the country.
There will be £11.38 million allocated to be spent in Shropshire out of £12.8 million for Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.
The Government has announced it is allocating an additional £250 million to support roll out of super fast broadband in the UK, on top of the £1.2 billion already being invested to extend super fast coverage to 95% of the UK by 2015.
“News of this really significant extra funding for Shropshire is most welcome,” said Philip Dunne.
“It will make a major difference in supporting Connecting Shropshire in rolling out super fast broadband across the county.
“I am really pleased the Government has made this clear commitment to improving connectivity across Shropshire, which will receive £11.38 million, the second highest funding of any local authority in England.
“We have a significant number of home workers in south Shropshire who rely on fast reliable broadband to run their businesses, and increasing broadband provision will help reduce barriers to inward local investment.
"With a net return of £20 by 2024 for every £1 spent now, current investment in broadband is projected to boost growth in Shropshire and offers excellent value for taxpayer money.