£1.1m Funding for Gwent Broadband
Gwent broadband projects to receive £1.1m funding from the Welsh Government's £10m Local Broadband Fund.
16:26 15 January 2021
Three broadband projects in Gwent are set to receive a funding boost from the Welsh Government. Two projects in Monmountshire and one in Michaelston y Fedw will benefit from more than £1.1million budget from Welsh Government's £10million Local Broadband Fund.
The project based in Llanthony Valley is hoped to bring better connectivity to 122 premises, 30per cent of which are businesses. Currently, it is one of the most poorly connected areas in the county. Monmouthshire County Council's project to build mixed wireless and fibre optic access network as well as Michaelston y Fedw Internet Community Interest Company will also receive funding.
Senedd Member for Caerphilly, Hefin David, said: “This is great news for the residents of Michaelston Y Fedw. The last few months have shown us just how important it is that everybody has access to effective and efficient broadband, especially with todays advances in technology.
“With the number of people working from home likely to grow in the future too, we must ensure that people have the resources in place to access these opportunities should they choose.”
Deputy minister for economy and transport Lee Waters said: “Over this difficult and challenging year, the importance of fast reliable broadband has become even more apparent. While this area is not devolved to Wales, we are taking action to bring faster broadband speeds and better mobile connectivity where we can.