Broadband Services in Wales

Broadband Services in Wales

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In the Committee's report on broadband services it considers that the UK and Welsh Governments must work together and use all means available to bring broadband services in Wales up to speed with the rest of the UK, and eradicate broadband qslow spotsq and qnotspotsq as a matter of urgency. Both Governments should consider promoting mobile and satellite technologies, particularly in remote areas of Wales in order to deliver this and not rely solely on rolling out fibre optic cabling. The availability of broadband has been consistently lower in Wales than the rest of the UK and although that gap has narrowed in recent years latest figures show the gap is widening again. The existence of notspots an slowspots has hindered existing businesses and deterred new businesses from choosing to locate to Wales - to the cost of the local economy.The Welsh Government's target is a commitment to provide all Welsh businesses with access to next-generation broadband by qthe middle of 2016q. The Committee also says that both Governments must ensure that the roll-out of superfast broadband is not achieved at the expense of delivering a good broadband service for all. The Committee recommends that Ofcom undertake a study to evaluate whether satellite broadband should be supported more vigorously in Wales; the delayed Spectrum auction, now planned for 2013, must ensure that 4G mobile services are available to at least 98% of people in Wales; and Ofcom must continue its efforts to open up access to infrastructure in Wales. BT's market power must be regulated effectively to ensure efficient operation of the market.It is part-funded by the Rural Development Plan for Wales and Ap2.4 million has been set aside for the scheme during 20] la€”l2. ... Work is underway through our Open Market Review to fully understand the likely reach of private sector nextanbsp;...

Title:Broadband Services in Wales
Author:Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Welsh Affairs Committee
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2012-09-17


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