UK Government has announced an additional £650m funding package to support the roll out of fibre broadband in the UK, with £56 being earmarked for Wales.
Wales Office Minister Guto Bebb spoke to BBC news about how this funding would help rural communities in Wales. You can watch Guto's online at www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-wales-north-west-wales-41213757/more-rural-welsh-communities-to-get-broadband-cash .
Speaking to the BBC, Guto said:
“Certainly the figures show that the roll out programme in England is slightly ahead of Wales but the truth of the matter is 11% of the total funding for this programme initially came to Wales. If you look at the population structure it should have been 5% and of this additional funding today Wales is getting almost 10%, so again well above our population needs. We are getting money because obviously we have more difficult to reach areas.
Some £650m of new spend is being created today of which some £56m will be coming to Wales which will ensure some of those rural areas who have still not benefitted from broadband roll out will do so moving forward.”