Welsh Assembly Government gives rural broadband boost
The Welsh Assembly Government has put £2m into a scheme designed to give a boost to hitting rural broadband ‘not-spots’ in Wales.
The government defines a not-spot as a home or business that cannot receive a 512Kbps service.
People living in areas without broadband access will be entitled to an Assembly grant of up to £1,000 each to fund contracts with service providers.
Wales’ deputy first minister, Ieuan Wyn Jones, said anyone without broadband access would be entitled to make an application.
Such a high-speed broadband infrastructure, he explained is “vital to ensure our country can develop the knowledge economy, improving the ability of businesses and individuals to network and innovate”.
In late July, individuals, businesses and community groups will be able to bid for funding. Any technology can be used for new connections, including fibre, DSL, cable, mobile or satellite, a spokesman for the Welsh government said “It is technology neutral and covers the capital cost of the connection.”
Depending on the technology used, beneficiaries may be rewarded with anything from a 512Kbps satellite connection up to a 100Mbps fibre line.
On July 5th, the Assembly outlined their new plan “Economic Renewal: A New Direction” which makes clear the aim of providing every business in Wales access to next-generation broadband by 2016. Speeds will vary depending on whether a company is based in an urban or rural location: with speeds of 100 megabits per second and 30mbps respectively.
It is also committed to seeing all households in Wales being broadband enabled by 2020.