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Freedom Fibre Open £25k Community Fund for North Shropshire

Thursday, Apr 4th, 2024 (11:51 am) - Score 360

Network operator Freedom Fibre, which has deployed a gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network to cover 300,000 UK premises (27th Mar 2024) – mostly in the North West of England, is extending their “Freedom Fund” to North Shropshire in England from 5th April 2024 and has allocated £25,000 for distribution.

Just to recap, the operator’s fund is usually open to non-profit community groups and environmental projects in areas where Freedom Fibre are currently deploying their new full fibre network. Projects can apply for up to £500 worth of funding.

NOTE: Freedom Fibre’s full-fibre network build in North Shropshire will extend through to 2026.

The Fund is now in its third year and has previously provided funds for a range of projects, such as community orchards and gardens, solar panels and habitat improvement projects.


Neil McArthur MBE, CEO of Freedom Fibre, said:

“We pride ourselves on investing in the communities where we are rolling out our network, so I’m delighted that we’ll be investing such a large amount of money in to good and green causes across North Shropshire. I can’t wait to see what applications we receive this time round.”

Community non-profit groups interested in applying to the Freedom Fund can find out more and apply at www.freedomfibre.com/fund. Applications of up to £500 can be made online and must be made before 5pm on Friday 28 June 2024.

NOTE: Freedom Fibre, which recently merged with VX FIBER (here), was originally backed by £111m from Equitix and has been working to cover parts of Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Shropshire in England and North Wales. TalkTalk is also one of their key ISP partners and they previously aspired to cover 2 million UK premises.
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2 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Who would live in Telford? Me obviously says:

    Wish some altnet’s would cover Telford & Wrekin, There’s a couple of altnets serving rural Shropshire now (Long needed, I used to work in Harley near Much Wenlock and it was like being in the middle ages in terms of connectivity) but Virgin/Openreach seem to have a firm grasp on Telford and it’s depressing.

    1. Avatar photo Paul says:

      Exascale are building in Telford, currently in Hadley, Trench, Hortonwood and some of the villages/hamlets such as Horton & Kynnersley. It might be worth reaching out to them to see if they have plans to build to your home, or if you can help with any community engagement to get them there!

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