100,000 homes and businesses in Wales get government-subsidised fibre broadband

The government says more than 100,000 Welsh homes and businesses can now get access to "superfast" broadband speeds, as a result of its subsidised fibre roll-out with BT.

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The government said more than 100,000 Welsh homes and businesses can now get access to "superfast" broadband speeds, as a result of its subsidised fibre roll-out with BT.

The UK government has invested £57 million pounds in the Superfast Cymru project which it says is on track to deliver fibre broadband to 96 percent of homes and businesses in Wales "by the end of 2015".

In total, the scheme promises to ensure that more than 690,000 properties, "that would otherwise have been left in the digital slow lane", said the government, will be able to access superfast speeds over fibre connections across Wales.

Communities already benefitting from access to faster broadband speeds through the scheme include Blaenau Ffestiniog, Criccieth, Fairbourne, Harlech, Llanberis, Penygroes, Penrhyndeudraeth and Tywyn in the north, and Brynmawr, Clydach and Rhiwderin in the south.

Culture secretary Maria Miller said: “Superfast broadband has something for everyone, and it’s brilliant news that more than 100,000 Welsh homes and businesses are already gaining real social and commercial advantages as a result of the nationwide rollout."

The government announced in December that a further £10 million would be made available to address those areas not set to benefit from current fibre broadband roll-outs across the UK. Wales is expected to get a slice of this funding too.

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