The broadband map of Shropshire has taken an important step towards completion.
The county's final ten BT e xchanges are being upgraded this month follow-ing a competitive tender process,
High speed broadband was completed last week at Calverhall, Kinlet, Lee Brockhurst, Middleton Scriven, Morville, Uppington and Yockleton. Burwarton, Leebotwood and Norton, north of Bridgnorth, will be upgraded today.
The timetable has been set for every remaining exchange in the West Midlands to be enabled with high-speed broadband access by June 28.
All are part of the Rural Broadband Access Project (RBAP).
The work is being carried out by BT and involves the West Midlands Networking Company - which administers the funding - and regional development agency Advantage West Midlands, which is investing in the 24 locations where private sector input for broadband infrastructure is not financially viable.
The Rural Broadband Access Project builds on BT's multi-million broadband investment programme around the UK.
Richard Hyde, chairman of the West Midlands Networking Company and a board member of Advantage West Midlands, said: "Bringing broadband to the smallest rural communities in the region is vital in ensuring the development of the West Midlands as a leading centre for e-commerce.
"It will close the digital divide that has existed between these smaller communities and their urban counterparts, and will benefit businesses, the people who work there, as well as their families."
Frank Mills, BT's regional director for the West Midlands, also said: "BT welcomes the involvement of Advantage West Midlands and its Rural Broadband Access Project in making broadband available to even more communities across the region.
"Once broadband is switched on, we need to continue to work hard to ensure all local communities take advantage of broadband across all technologies to reap the maximum benefits, by demonstrating that whatever you do online, you do it better with broadband - whether they are a local business, homeworker, family or community organisation."
Shropshire County Councillor Mike Owen, added: "The upgrading of these rural exchanges gives Switch On Shropshire an opportunity to continue to build rural capacity."