Welsh Secretary urged to support Swansea's super-connected city bid
New Welsh Secretary David Jones has been urged to help Swansea become a 'super-connected' city.
Local MP Geraint Davies wrote to Mr Jones calling for him to do everything within his power to bring ultra-fast broadband to the city, as well as promote inward investment across all parts of Wales.
Swansea is one of 27 cities invited to bid for a share of £50 million of government funding to support the rollout of next-generation broadband infrastructure.
Announced in the March Budget, the plan will help create an additional ten 'super-connected' cities with broadband speeds of between 80 and 100Mbps.
As one of the UK's four capitals, Cardiff has already been awarded funding under the scheme. Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle are also set to benefit from the initiative.
Mr Davies stressed that the incoming Welsh Secretary must "ensure that Swansea succeeds in its bid to become a super-connected city just like Cardiff" to avoid a repeat of the Great Western Mainline electrification debate.
The rail electrification was initially due to end at Cardiff, but after lengthy negotiations - in which Mr Davies played a key role - the plan was expanded to include Swansea.