Monday March 20 2017
‘SUPER SLOW’ BROADBAND CONFIRMED IN MID & WEST WALES’
Neil Hamilton, Leader of UKIP in the Senedd, has demanded action following revelations that the lowest average broadband download speeds in the whole of the UK are in his region of Mid and West Wales.
Figures released by the House of Commons Library show that no fewer than 6 out of 10 council wards with the slowest average download speeds are in Mid & West Wales.
- Abererch, Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd, heads the list with speeds of 2.7 Mbps, followed by:
- Llandinam, Powys (3.1Mbps)
Also in the Bottom Ten are:
- Trelech, Carmarthen West & South Pembs (3.8Mbps)
- Yscir, Brecon & Radnorshire (4.2Mbps)
- Llanfihangel Aberbythych, Carmarthen East & Dinefwr (4.2Mbps)
- Beguildy, Brecon & Radnorshire (4.3Mbps)
Mr Hamilton said:
“It is totally unacceptable that Mid & West Wales heads the list for super-slow broadband. The slowest 2 places in the whole of the UK are Abererch and Llandinam. Not only does Mid & West take the top 2 slots, but 6 in the top 10 are within the Region.
“The UK Government's own minimum acceptable download level is 10Mbps, yet thousands of my constituents suffer average speeds less than half that and, in some cases, less than a quarter.
“Last November, I criticised Welsh Labour for its lethargy in rolling out a proper Superfast Broadband programme for the whole of Wales.
“These latest figures are totally unacceptable in the second decade of the 21st century. In the modern world, businesses and individuals in all parts of Wales expect high-speed connectivity as of right. These pathetic results are massively inconvenient and reduce wealth and job creation in the region.
“Welsh Labour must be held accountable for failing to deliver and for its lack of urgency in dealing with poor reception.
“Superfast Cymru has brought some advance, which is very welcome. But it is a damning indictment that Wales still lags behind so many parts of the UK and Europe.
“I have written to Julie James, the Minister responsible for delivering broadband, expressing my dismay and demanding action for my constituents.”
In November, Julie James AM, Minister for Skills and Science announced that Welsh Government would be investing more money into the project following the completion of Superfast Cymru in 2017.
She said that they will also continue to press the UK Government for additional investment in Wales and currently aimed to launch the procurement process in February 2017 so that a contract can be awarded in January 2018.