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Welsh fibre broadband rollout reaches rural Powys villages

Monday, August 24th 2015 by Ellen Branagh

Two rural Welsh communities are to benefit from superfast broadband after the country’s fibre rollout reached them.

The first premises in Forden and Meifod, Powys, will soon be able to receive superfast broadband thanks to Superfast Cymru.

Superfast Cymru, a partnership between the Welsh Government, BT, the UK Government and the European Regional Development Fund, is the largest of its kind in the UK.

The project has already given access to fibre broadband to 480,000 homes and businesses not covered by commercial rollouts and last month Cable.co.uk reported that it is being extended to include a further 42,000 premises.

Announcing the arrival of fibre in Forden and Meifod, deputy minister for skills and technology Julie James said: “It’s great news that the first residents and businesses in Forden and Meifod are now able to receive it.

“Superfast broadband has the ability to change the way we live our lives.

“From accessing entertainment and communicating through social media to how businesses interact with customers and how we use public services.”

Households and businesses in the area who want to get fibre broadband need to contact an internet service provider (ISP) of their choice to place an order.

'Vision'

Information about the rollout is published on the Superfast Cymru website including a coverage map with details of rollout plans looking around 12 months ahead.

Ms James added: “The Welsh Government is committed to seeing Wales become a truly digital nation and the Superfast Cymru programme is vital in making that vision a reality.

“The programme also highlights the impact European funding is having on infrastructure in Wales.”

Announcing the extension of the superfast broadband rollout in Wales last month, Superfast Cymru said the additional premises are made up of new-builds and those that service providers had planned to connect but were then deemed not financially viable.

Many are in business parks and industrial estates.

The £19m expansion will see the programme run until June 2017 thanks to funding from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, BT, and the EU.

It will be delivered by BT and fixed wireless broadband provider Airband.

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