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.
"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.