Broadband in the world: Wales needs internet access for all
UK and Welsh Governments must work together and use all means available to bring broadband services in Wales up to speed with the rest of the UK
The Welsh Common Affairs Committee has recently published the first report on broadband services in Wales. As matters stand, it’s time for UK and Welsh Governments must work together and use all means available to bring broadband services in Wales up to speed with the rest of the UK, and eradicate broadband ‘slow spots’ and ‘notspots’ as a matter of urgency.
The latest figures show that the gap between Wales and the UK has widened again. In rural areas of Wales the existence of broadband notspots and slowspots has hindered the operations of existing businesses and deterred new businesses from choosing to locate there—to the cost of the local economy.
Chair of the Committee, David TC Davies MP, said: “Access to fast internet connection is essential to businesses and the economy in Wales. Broadband will become an increasingly important generator of economic success and a means of addressing social exclusion. It is hard to believe, but in mid-2012 there are still some areas of Wales where people have no connection at all. It is impossible to see how businesses or the economy can develop in these areas”.
Both Governments must consider all possible ways of achieving their goals quickly: UK Government has pledged to provide superfast broadband for 90% of the UK by 2015, while the Welsh Government’s target includes a commitment to provide all Welsh businesses with access to next-generation broadband by mid-2016.
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