Wales gets £57m for broadband roll-out
Wales is to receive £57m to roll out high speed broadband access, and if the Welsh Assembly government provides matching funding, up to 90% of households could receive at least 2Mbps and up to 24Mbps, the culture secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Tuesday.
The news comes less than a week after a report on the status of broadband in Wales found that 40% of residents could not get more than 2Mbps, and one-third of farmers could not get any broadband at all.
The money will come from Broadband Delivery UK’s £530m fund, which has already seen it allocate £90m to seven pilot projects in rural areas, as well as £10m for Wales announced in May by chancellor George Osborne.
A statement from Hunt’s department suggested the money will be spent on rural broadband. It said, “The private sector on its own will take superfast broadband to around two-thirds of UK households and businesses. Public money is being used to help take broadband to the remaining one third by making it viable for business to invest.”