21st February 2017
Vale of Clwyd MP, Dr James Davies, has welcomed news from Matt Hancock, Minister of State for digital policy, that the Vale of Clwyd is expected to have 97% of premises with superfast broadband coverage by the end of the current Broadband Delivery UK project in June 2017. Currently according to Thinkbroadband, Vale of Clwyd has 92.3% coverage.
Commenting James said, “I and my team have been pushing for better broadband including holding regular meetings with BT Openreach and most recently with the Minister, Matt Hancock MP. I am concerned that some harder to reach rural areas are not being covered as quickly as we would like and we are keeping the pressure up by raising individual cases. However it is important to recognise the progress that has been made. Superfast broadband allows premises to stream movies and work from home with more intensive data demands. I am keen to stress that rural areas that are hardest to reach are eligible for subsidised satellite provision as well”.
Delivery of superfast broadband in Wales is jointly funded by the UK Government and the Welsh Government. Targets were for superfast speeds being available to 95% of homes and businesses by the end of 2017.