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Jenny Willott

Superfast broadband for 299,876 homes in Wales

February 9, 2015 12:22 PM

CardiffFigures published today show that more than 299,876 homes in Wales have benefited from the rollout of superfast broadband.

Superfast broadband is internet speeds greater than 24Mbps and the Government wants 95% of homes and businesses to have access to this by 2017- backed up with £1.7bn of investment.

Currently 40,000 more homes and businesses are seeing their internet speeds boosted each week.

In total, more than two million homes and businesses in hard to reach areas across the UK have benefited from the government roll out.

Jenny Willott, MP for Cardiff Central said:

"The Welsh Liberal Democrats have championed the rollout of superfast broadband, and I am delighted to see that this work is paying off.

"People across Wales know that these improvements are crucial to helping local businesses set up and grow, as well as making it quicker and easier for people to use the internet and download films."

Eluned Parrott, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Economy Minister said:

"It is thanks to the hard work of people like Dan Rogerson, Liberal Democrat Rural Affairs Minister that this is being taken seriously, and the government is backing up these schemes with the funding required.

"The Welsh Liberal Democrats have been running a 'not-spots' campaign as we are determined to see the end of people not being able to access a decent internet connection. It is pleasing to see that the Coalition Government's investment is making such a huge difference, but of course there is still much more to be done. We must now keep this momentum going so that every single house in Wales has a decent connection."