Internet call for whole of Wales

WALES must close the gap in broadband access and ensure internet access for all, according to a report from a committee headed by Monmouth MP David Davies.

The House of Commons Welsh Affairs Select Committee said UK and Welsh governments must work together and use all means available to bring broadband services in Wales up to speed with the rest of the UK.

The committee wants to see so-called broadband slow spots and not-spots eradicated.

Mr Davies, chairman of the committee, said it was hard to believe that in mid-2012 there are still some areas of Wales where people have no connection at all.

He said: “It is impossible to see how businesses or the economy can develop in these areas.”

The report calls for both governments to look at promoting satellite and mobile broadband, particularly in remote areas of Wales, and not rely on rolling out fibreoptic cabling being used for superfast broadband services.

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