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Broadband: Wales

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimates he has made of the cost of ensuring that every household in Wales can receive high speed broadband services. (254201)

[holding answer 4 February 2009]: This Department has not made any assessment of the costs of such action. However, the Welsh Assembly Government launched a programme of activities to transform broadband availability and take up across Wales in 2002. The Regional Innovative Broadband Support Scheme provided funding to upgrade 35 telephone exchanges in Wales, making broadband available to an additional 7,500 premises.

They are shortly to announce the awarding of a contract to look further into this “not spot” issue and how best to address it. This followed on from a registration scheme it set up to enable those who cannot access broadband to register their demand for broadband. To date there are over 1,400 registrations.