A report published today (3rd Feb) by the House of Commons Library has placed Montgomeryshire 643rd in Britain (out of 645) for Superfast Broadband speeds – a mere 1% coverage.
This is despite millions of pounds already invested by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) in the Welsh Labour Governments programme to roll out Broadband across the Country.
Jane Dodds, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Montgomeryshire said:
“This report demonstrates just how far we are lagging behind on broadband coverage locally. On top of that, 16% of Montgomeryshire has speeds of less than 2mps. This is truly appalling and seriously holding our businesses back.
“Upload speeds are even worse. Websites are difficult to build and change, farmers cannot do vital forms for DEFRA, others cannot take money electronically and simply taking orders is a problem.
“The Welsh Liberal Democrats have been campaigning on the end of ‘not spots’ for many years and we will continue to put pressure on the Welsh Labour Government to actually take some action and support our communities”.
William Powell AM for Mid & West Wales added:
“It is simply unacceptable that Montgomeryshire is lagging behind the rest of Wales let alone the rest of the UK. What is even worse is that the rest of Powys – Brecon & Radnor – has no superfast broadband at all and comes 639th for even medium speeds.
“I will be raising this with the Finance Minister, Jane Hutt. This is a very poor result for Mid Wales and will seriously affect its prosperity unless something is done urgently. We deserve as good speeds as Cardiff.”