Clwyd South Council Improved Broadband
First broadband connection in Wales under the Universal Service Obligation (USO) is being installed.
03:31 21 September 2020
Wales' first improved broadband connectivity for Clwyd South residents under the Universal Service Obligation (USO) now being installed in the Ceiriog Valley.
Simon Baynes MP, who made a socially distanced visit to the site, congratulated all involved in the scheme and stressed the importance of giving residents access to fast and reliable broadband connection.
The UK Government launched USO in March to provide residents a legal right to request a 'decent and affordable broadband connection from BT where one is not available to them.
Cllr Trevor Bates said: "I would particularly like to thank Mike Dugine, the Digital Business Officer at Wrexham Council, who has done so much to make this historic USO possible in the Ceiriog Valley. I am pleased that residents in Tregeiriog will be receiving a much-needed boost to their broadband access although there is a long way to go in connecting other residents in the Ceiriog Valley and elsewhere in the area."
Simon Baynes MP said: "There are a number of broadband 'not-spots' in Clwyd South where residents have sadly struggled for many years to get a reliable internet connection. Since becoming an MP, I've met so many people across Clwyd South who say this has a big effect on their day-to-day lives. People in Clwyd South need broadband to do work from home, order shopping and keep in touch with friends and family - particularly while the Covid pandemic continues.
"I was also very pleased to welcome the USO in comments on the floor of the House of Commons on Wednesday 16 September. The scheme is vital to supporting Clwyd South businesses and helping people back into work. And I'm especially proud that we are the first in Wales to take full advantage of this scheme."