AM welcomes progress on superfast broadband issue

MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has been given an assurance by the Programme Director Superfast Cymru, Ed Hunt, that the rollout of superfast broadband in Monmouthshire is not being ignored, and that the end result for Monmouthshire will be “very good indeed.”

After pointing out the high cost and difficult engineering challenges of bringing fibre broadband to rural Wales, Mr Hunt states that a joint investment between BT and the Welsh Government will go a very long way to giving Wales a first class fibre broadband infrastructure that will be better than Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the USA.

Rollout in Monmouth town is due to start in June and work across the local authority area and in most rural areas will be carried out during an approximate two year period, with 95% of rural Wales covered.

Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Ramsay said:

“Over the years I have received a great many letters and e-mails from disgruntled constituents complaining about poor broadband speeds, and have raised the issue with the Welsh Government on many occasions. It is especially vital for businesses that they can access a high speed internet service.

“Let’s hope this latest update signals the start of better broadband provision for my constituents. I understand that BT will be making further announcements on progress every three months, with the next one due in June 2014, looking one year ahead. I will keep a close eye on the latest developments and do all I can to continue to press for a fast efficient broadband service to be rolled out in rural Monmouthshire.”

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