Welsh residents urged to apply for broadband support

Thursday, October 28th 2010
People in Wales have been invited to access a high-speed internet service through the Assembly Government's broadband scheme.
Welsh residents urged to apply for broadband support
The Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) is calling for people who lack reliable broadband access to take action with the help of its new initiative.

Launched in July, the Broadband Support Scheme offers individuals a maximum of £1,000 in funding to put towards the cost of setting up and installing a new broadband connection.

According to the WAG, 265 applications have been received so far and approximately £2 million has been allocated to fund the campaign.

Community groups are allowed to apply for money through the scheme and pool their resources to secure the best broadband service for their area.

Deputy first minister Ieuan Wyn Jones said the government is "determined to find ways of opening up access for the relatively few areas in Wales that remain unable to benefit from broadband services".

He added that improving broadband access is crucial if Wales is to develop a "competitive infrastructure".

According to figures published during the recent Get Online Week, it is estimated that 9.2 million people in the UK are currently without broadband access.

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