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Welsh broadband not-spots to get £2m of funding
Monday 05 July 2010 15:54:14 by John Hunt

More rural broadband not-spots in Wales are to be filled in through a scheme announced by Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones which will see £2m of investment to the scheme. A broadband not-spot is an area where no broadband access is available, often due to the premises being too far away from the nearest telephone exchange to support a broadband service. Individual applicants will receive up to a £1000 grant to help fund their access.

Source: broadband notspot. Red areas indicate a broadband not-spot.

"People will be able to make an application for the grant. That grant will be processed, an agreement will be made for somebody to make that connection for them. The cost will be paid for under the grant and of course people will then make their own arrangements with the provider.

[Broadband services are] vital to ensure our country can develop the knowledge economy, improving the ability of businesses and individuals to network and innovate. So despite current pressures on our budget we are determined to find ways of opening up access for the relatively few areas in Wales that remain unable to benefit from broadband services".

Ieuan Wyn Jones, (Deputy First Minister) Welsh Assembly Government

This new scheme is separate from the RIBS (Regional Innovative Broadband Support) project which has invested money to enable broadband exchanges which would otherwise be un-viable. This will open up these areas to receiving broadband through more innovative methods such as wireless links shared in the community or through other options such as Satellite broadband.


Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
Will groups of individuals be able to apply together for a particular area?
Posted by timmay over 6 years ago
Can a company on behalf of each individual claim £1000 per customer they connect?
Posted by herdwick over 6 years ago
"Details of how applications can be made will be published later this month."
Posted by cyberdoyle over 6 years ago
hope none of the applicants fall for the BET scam.
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
£2m. divided by an average of, say, £500 = 4000 premises.
Posted by TaRkADaHl over 6 years ago
@cyberdoyle - BET costs a lot more than £1000 to install... its also stupid and pointless.

But if the gov wants to insist on 2Mb BB for everyone, then its the quickest/easiest/cheapest solution to sort it out.
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