A NEW campaign which shows how superfast broadband is changing the lives of people living in Monmouthshire has been launched this week.

Around 73 per cent of the county now has full superfast coverage courtesy of the Superfast Cymru partnership between BT, the Welsh and UK governments and the European Regional Development Fund. The campaign promotes the use of the broadband within the county while encouraging further usage in wider Wales.

Superfast broadband enables multiple devices to work simultaneously, allowing people to stream films, download music, study or keep in touch with loved ones without disrupting a connection.

Julie James, Welsh minister for skills and science, said: “Superfast broadband has become crucial for homes, which is why we are committed to bringing faster internet speeds to regions across Wales. Improving our digital infrastructure is key to driving economic growth, supporting public services and helping people communicate.”

While most of the county can now access faster broadband should they wish to do so, a small percentage of premises are not yet able to access it.

Last month, councillors in Monmouthshire led calls for the county to be prioritised when the next part of Superfast Cymru is rolled out in early 2018.

Speaking at a council meeting, Cllr Sara Jones, said: “This council acknowledges the digital divide that is impacting both urban and rural communities, and recognises the growing frustration that is felt by many residents who have inadequate broadband provision.”