Local News & Archive — July 1, 2016 at 12:30 pm — Updated: July 1, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Broadband ‘not spots’: council leader hits out at Welsh Government

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Denbighshire County Council has accused the Welsh Government of not providing enough information about the rollout of superfast broadband.

Counci leader Hugh Evans said a lack of detail about ‘not spot’ areas, where Superfast Cymru services cannot be accessed, had left the authority feeling repeatedly ignored. He called on Skills and Science Minister Julie James to ensure the county was not ”left behind in the digital backwaters”.

BT told a council scrutiny meeting in April that a ‘not spot’ map would be made available – but the Welsh Government declined a request to attend the committee hearing in Ruthin.

Councillor Evans said on Thursday: ”All we want is information that we can share with residents and businesses who may need to think about alternative means of getting reliable broadband.  The fact that the information is not being provided makes it difficult for residents to make those alternative arrangements.

”There are also mixed messages coming from Welsh Government and BT around the timing of the roll out, with press comment over the weekend contradicting the timings we have been told by BT.”

Superfast Cymru, a joint project between the Welsh Government and BT, is aimed at providing fibre broadband to parts of Wales not covered by the commercial rollout. In Denbighshire, the rollout is now 69% complete – though take up stands at 25.4%.

The Welsh Government has yet to respond to the council’s comments.

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