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West Midlands
Autumn 2017

In this issue of In Touch you can read about how Openreach are putting the West Midlands at the front of their ultrafast broadband rollout. And Digital Minister Matt Hancock has hailed the 'great success' of Superfast Staffordshire as it was announced that more villages are to benefit from a £1.7 million funding boost. And it has been announced that some of Warwickshire's oldest villages will get superfast fibre broadband as part of the CSW partnership programme.

There’s a featured case study of a Shropshire pipework firm which is enjoying global success after upgrading to Superfast Fibre. And there’s news of a couple of Community Fibre Partnerships which have been agreed with Openreach to bring fibre broadband to communities which have previously not been included in any other fibre rollout programme.

The West Midlands has also seen the BT roll out of smart, secure delivery lockers to boost customer service following the company’s acquisition of Pelipod Limited. The innovative supply chain solution will help it speed up the delivery of broadband and phone services by reducing the distance its engineers need to travel to collect equipment.

And finally BT has celebrated 80 years of the 999 service - of which more than two million emergency calls are handled in the West Midlands every year.

Colin Bannon, Chair of the West Midlands Regional Board