27 FEB 2014

MP WELCOMES SUPERFAST BROADBAND BOOST FOR RURAL AREAS

Simon Hart MP has welcomed an extra £12million of Government money which will help bring superfast broadband to some of Pembrokeshire's hardest to reach rural areas.

The nationwide rollout is a key part of the Government's long-term economic plan to secure Britain's future by providing better access to superfast broadband, and in allocating funding the Government has worked to ensure as many families and businesses as possible benefit.

"Many homes and businesses can already access superfast in towns but in hard to reach rural areas this extra money is needed to make it a reality," said Mr Hart.

"I am delighted at this extra funding that has been announced to help fund "the last mile" connections and I hope that it will make a real difference to our community.

"Some would argue that decent broadband speeds are a complete necessity in this day and age, almost as much as a reliable water or electricity supply."

The UK Government has already invested £57 million pounds in the Superfast Cymru project which is on track to deliver superfast broadband to 96% of homes and businesses in Wales by spring 2016.

Local projects in Wales will now receive an additional £12million of funding, with the hardest to reach locations amongst those who stand to benefit most.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller said: "Superfast Broadband will benefit everyone in Wales - whether they need it for work, to do homework or simply to download music or films. Thousands of homes and businesses now have access and it is helping people with their everyday tasks. We want to make sure that Britain is one of the best countries in the world for broadband, and the extra money we are investing will help ensure communities around the UK are not left behind in the digital slow lane."

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