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Have your say on superfast broadband plans

Businesses and the public are being urged to take part in a survey on fast fibre broadband as the Welsh Government plans to extend coverage over and above what is already planned through the extensive Superfast Cymru programme. 

The Welsh Government has a target of ensuring that by 2016 96 per cent of homes and businesses in Wales have access to fast fibre broadband.  The programme specifically targets areas not covered by commercial roll-out bringing fast fibre broadband to large areas which would otherwise not receive it.  

A review has now identified those few areas of Wales which are not currently part of a commercial roll-out and which are not part of the Superfast Cymru programme.  The Welsh Government is now consulting on the review and at the same time wants to hear the views of the public and businesses from across Wales on fast fibre broadband.   A similar survey was carried out in 2012 ahead of the launch of the Superfast Cymru programme.

The Welsh Government wants to know about what type of broadband residents and businesses currently receive, what speeds they receive, how this matches against what their Internet Service Providers promises and what they think is a satisfactory speed to meet their needs.

Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology Ken Skates said:

“Superfast Cymru is the most ambitious programme of its kind in the UK providing faster broadband to a greater proportion of premises more quickly.  Without this programme large parts of Wales would be without access to fast fibre broadband.

“Fast fibre broadband is important for businesses and households and we want to hear from people across Wales about their current experience and what speeds they are getting. I want to hear people’s views and I would urge people across Wales to take part.

“Despite the scale of the Superfast Cymru programme a small proportion of premises would still not be covered by it or commercial roll-out as identified by the review we have carried out.  We are now formally consulting on the review before announcing how we will tackle those areas and provide even more premises with access to world class broadband.

“The Welsh Government is committed to seeking to ensure high speed coverage across Wales and despite the huge and ambitious scale of Superfast Cymru we are looking now at those few areas which would still not benefit from fast fibre coverage.”

For information about which exchange areas are already enabled go to the coverage map on the Superfast Cymru website 

You can take part in the survey or consultation by visiting the consultation section of this website.

Websites

Superfast Cymru Infill

Channel website: http://gov.wales

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