The Welsh Assembly and BT will bring broadband to some rural notspots in Wales following news at the end of May that a pensioner living in Carmarthenshire was offered broadband with a £150,000 price tag. 8,500 premises have so far benefited from the joint funding of the deployment of broadband in Wales through RIBS (the Regional Innovative Broadband Support scheme), and the new areas to be included are Beulah and Ystrad Meurig in Ceredigion and Cil-y-Cwm and Llanfynydd in Carmarthenshire should be connected by the end of Summer. Six areas of Wales benefited under the RIBS scheme last year. Local residents are welcoming the news that they will be able to receive faster broadband.
"We are one of the few people who have broadband in the village but it is the lowest grade available and unbelievably slow, only very slightly faster than dial-up. It puts us at a terrible disadvantage to everyone else.
I am studying for my degree and it is desperately frustrating when you are trying to download journal articles; it is just too difficult.
My husband sometimes works from home and often the slow service can let him down.
Hopefully this work will have a twofold benefit: to upgrade the existing poor service and to give broadband to the rest of the village.Maureen Worsley, Llanfynydd resident
The news that broadband not-spots are being filled in is always welcome news, however there are still many pockets where people can't get connected. If you live in one of these areas, you can report your broadband notspot on our notspot website which will also show you whether people who live nearby also suffer from similar problems.