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Wales to Plug Gaps in Broadband Coverage
By: MarkJ - 21 February, 2008 (1:46 PM)

The Deputy First Minister for Wales, Ieuan Wyn Jones, has promised to free up money to plug the gaps in Welsh broadband coverage (so called "not spots"). Isolated parts of Wales, much like elsewhere in the UK, continue to be left uncovered by broadband:

During Senedd exchanges, Mid and West Wales AM Nerys Evans said she was "very doubtful" about an estimate that 99.4% of people in Wales could take up broadband if they wanted.

"There are a number of examples of whole villages ... where research has shown that the lack of a broadband connection is having a great economic impact on the village," she said.

Mr Jones said: "We don't know the exact figure regarding the numbers who are unable to access a broadband connection, but we do believe it's significantly higher than the 0.6% which is reported in some places."

The news will no doubt be welcomed by those living in remote and or uncovered patches around Wales, though we'd rather they call them "broadband black spots". Somehow "not spots" just doesn't have the same ring and sounds like it was put together by a drunk clone of George W Bush. More @ Channel 4 News.

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