£56 million broadband boost for Wales

The government has announced that up to £56 million is to be made available to help take superfast broadband to the most rural and hard to reach places in Wales.

As announced as part of the a £645 million fund on 9 September, it is estimated that this could see more than 900,000 extra UK homes and businesses gain access to superfast speeds after the end of this year.

This means that more than 650,000 homes and businesses in Wales who would otherwise have been left behind have now been reached as a result of the government’s broadband plans.

Guto Bebb, Minister for the UK Government in Wales, said: “Providing access to reliable, high speed broadband is probably the single most important thing we can do to ensure the sustainability of our rural communities and businesses. We know there is more to be done, but today’s announcement of funding to take superfast feeds further than ever before, marks another significant leap forward in the UK government’s efforts to ensure Wales has a broadband network fit for the digital age.

“Improved connectivity for homes and businesses is a cornerstone of this government’s efforts to create a stronger economy in Wales. Thanks to the investment made into Wales’ digital infrastructure by the UK government, we are well on our way to achieving a truly remarkable transformation in broadband provision across the nation. We are fully aware that this needs to be for all communities in Wales, regardless of how rural they are.”

See the original £645 million news story here - http://www.governmenttechnology.co.uk/news/11092017/%C2%A3645-million-la...

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