North Wales to get £10m for superfast broadband

Homes and businesses in north Wales could be on their way to getting superfast broadband thanks to a new £10m cash pledge.

The government promised £10million last Thursday to bring fibre optic broadband to Pwllheli, north Wales and the surrounding areas.

Chancellor George Osborne said: "This is just the first wave of funding for Wales from the over half a billion pounds we have already set aside to extend superfast broadband across the UK."

Last Autumn the UK government unveiled ambitious plans to bring superfast broadband to every community in the UK by 2015 - creating the "best superfast network in Europe". Wales was left out of initial trials under those plans however.

Welsh Assembly ministers have pledged to bring next-generation broadband to all businesses by 2016 and all homes by 2020 - five years later than the UK government's target.

Ian Lucas, Shadow Business Minister and MP for Wrexham said: "I do hope Wales' bid progresses faster than that first round of bids.

"They were announced in October, yet recent Parliamentary questions have revealed that the Government have not yet put together plans for how the pilots will work or issued tender documents for any of the bids."

The digital divide between Wales and the rest of the UK is narrowing but many areas of rural Wales still suffer from slow downloads speeds.

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