welsh government broadband support scheme extended

The Welsh Labour government has announced that the successful Broadband Support Scheme will be extended for six months until the end of September 2013. Since it started in 2010, the scheme has delivered broadband solution to not-spots and slow-spots at 4,700 premises and 31 communities across Wales. The scheme was due to close at the end of this month but the Welsh Government has decided to extend it for an additional six months due to the significant demand, particularly in rural communities.

Work is already underway on the Superfast Cymru programme, which, when combined with commercial roll-out, will deliver high speed fibre broadband to 96% of premises in Wales.

The extension of the Broadband Support Scheme means we can continue to help those premises which urgently require a broadband solution.

Gwenda said: I would urge all individuals, communities, small medium enterprises and third sector organisations who have poor broadband coverage to apply for this funding.

Information is available of the Welsh Government s website together with guidance and application forms.

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The Broadband Support Scheme provides support funding for the purchase of alternative broadband solutions where telecommunication companies have not been able to provide a service.

The Scheme will allow individuals, businesses and communities in Wales remaining broadband slowspots to approach service providers directly, with support of Welsh Government funding.

Who can apply for support?

Individuals

Communities

SMEs

3rd sector organisations

You will not be able to apply for this Scheme if you have received funding from a previous publicly funded broadband scheme or you do not meet the scheme eligibility criteria.

How much support can I apply for?

Support will be available for up to a maximum of 1,000 for individual premises.

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