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Friday, August 1, 2014

More people to get faster broadband

More people across Wales will be able to benefit from faster broadband following changes to the scheme rules, says the Welsh Government.

A new scheme provides grants to premises which are unable to access broadband above a speed of two Megabits per second (Mbps) so that they can access faster broadband.  
 
Before the changes only people in those areas not in the published Superfast Cymru roll-out were eligible.  Now people living in areas which will be covered by the roll-out can apply if they wish to do so.

The new rules will help ensure that customers receive a fast broadband connection as the technology used will need to be capable of providing superfast speeds bringing them into line with Superfast Cymru.

The Welsh Government will provide a maximum of £900 per premises, with customers making a ten per cent financial contribution which is in line with the cost of connection fees across the industry.

Potential recipients will also be given information about the Superfast Cymru roll-out so that can make a decision about whether to apply for a grant or wait for superfast fibre to be deployed in their area.

The changes to the scheme will come into effect on August 4.

Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Ken Skates, said: “The new scheme rules will mean that it better complements Superfast Cymru and will help those people who are later in the Superfast Cymru roll-out.

"Many more people will be eligible for funding under the scheme.  We are also ensuring that households and businesses can get a superfast broadband connection so that they are on a par with Superfast Cymru.

“We are asking people to contribute towards the cost and to carefully consider whether they should apply for the grant or wait for Superfast Cymru to come to their area.  This will help ensure we provide value for money for the public purse.”

More information about the scheme can be found at www.wales.gov.uk/broadband

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