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Wales to Plug Six Broadband ISP Notspots

Posted: 19th Dec, 2008 By: MarkJ
The West Wales communities of Reynoldston, Saundersfoot, Llanpumsaint and Bronwydd Arms, Cilcennin in Ceredigion and Gwytherin in North Wales will soon have broadband thanks to an extension of the Assembly Government's Regional Innovative Broadband Support (RIBS) contract with BT.

WalesOnline reports that BT's Openreach division, which is responsible for ensuring that all rival operators and ISPs have equality of access to BT's local network, will not only do the work but also fund half of the project:

Deputy First Minister and Minister for the Economy and Transport Ieuan Wyn Jones said: “It is vitally important that businesses and families have good access to broadband in all parts of Wales. The Regional Innovative Broadband Support project is tasked with this but for technical and commercial limitations it has been difficult to achieve this in parts of the nation. We are working hard to assess the exact scale of the problem and how best to solve it and today’s announcement demonstrates a commitment to getting the job done

One of the issues we need to tackle is that it’s only possible to identify a notspot when someone tries to order a broadband service and fails to receive it. The Assembly Government’s online notspot registration scheme can now log the details of each broadband failure to build up an all-Wales picture and we urge everyone who is currently unable to get broadband to register on http://www.bnrw.org.uk .
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It's understood that the new coverage should bring broadband services to 1,000 residents and businesses within related areas. Further coverage information will surface on the Welsh Governments RIBS Page as and when it becomes available.
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