Pembrokeshire Council Extends Broadband
Broadway Partners to bring broadband service to rural communities in New Moat and Ambleston.
09:57 10 July 2020
Broadband provider Broadband Partners is set to build a gigabit-capable network to bring broadband service to communities in New Moat and Ambleston in Pembrokeshire.
Based on recent figures, only 6.6per cent of premises in Pembrokeshire have access to ultrafast broadband of 100Mbps while 2.5per cent of county households are still struggling with less than 2Mbps. The council's Digital Connectivity Programme aims to increase the numbers by allowing communities to partner with broadband infrastructure providers.
Councillor Paul Miller, cabinet member for economy, said: "With the first two pilot communities taking their first steps and two more hot on their heels, we are, as promised, ready to see fibre cables being laid across Pembrokeshire.
"Cabinet has allocated more than £2million of capital funding to support the delivery of fibre, in addition to the significant grant award announced earlier this year.
"On top of that, we estimate these pilot projects will draw down a further £810,000 of UK and Welsh government funding, an investment which will be spent directly connecting Pembrokeshire households to the UK fibre network."
The council is currently working with suppliers registered with the Department for Media, Culture and Sport on the Gigabit Voucher Scheme and the Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme.