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How superfast is your area?</p><p>Speedy broadband now available to 90% of Welsh premises 0

How superfast is your area?

Speedy broadband now available to 90% of Welsh premises

Superfast broadband is now reaching nine out ten premises in Wales – transforming the digital landscape despite failing to meet the original 96% target. Since 2014 the increase in access to superfast net speeds has been dramatic for some North Wales counties. In Conwy it went from a shockingly low 5% of premises with access in July 2014 to close to 90% today while in Denbighshire it went from 38% to 81% over the same period.

Read More Every county now has between 80% and 90% access rates (Source: thinkbroadband) – although this remains below the 96% target originally set by the Welsh Government under Superfast Cymru. This improvement has been crucial for the digital economy – opening up opportunities for businesses and making the area more attractive for hi-tech firms looking to relocate. Percentage of premises able to access fast broadband.

Source: thinkbroadband Conwy: 88%(5% in 2014) Gwynedd: 81% (57%) Denbighshire: 81% (38%) Anglesey: 80% (58%) Flintshire: 89% (77%) Wrexham 90% (52%) Paul Roberts, who founded tech firms Stockomendation and Risc IT Solutions in Llandudno, said the expansion in net speeds was creating opportunities. We can compete nationally He said: “Having worked in the digital world in Wales, since 2000 starting Wales first cloud business Risc IT Solutions to now also founding Wales first Fintech 50 business, Stockomendation, I have seen first-hand the changes increased broadband speeds and bandwidth have made to our technology businesses. Read More “The roll-out of Superfast broadband has increased the adoption of Cloud services supplied by Risc IT Solutions across the UK and not just Wales and continues to expand our reach.

Paul Roberts from Stockomendation “This has meant quicker access to the increased amounts of data businesses hold, the ability to work from mobile, laptops or tablets and greater security through off site Cloud backup and virtual servers. “It also allows new ground breaking financial technology companies like Stockomendation to not be tied to central locations like London, so we can compete nationally and internationally with the added bonus of having a fantastic lifestyle living and working in the beauty of North Wales.” Read More A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “Superfast Cymru is making good progress. “At the end of March over 645,000 premises across Wales were able to access superfast broadband as a result. BT has confirmed it expects to deliver 30Mbps download speeds to around 690,000 premises before the programme closes at the end of December 2017. ‘Whole counties would have no superfast broadband’ “Whole counties such as Gwynedd, Conwy and Anglesey would have no superfast broadband at all without the intervention of Superfast Cymru. Read More “The most recent Ofcom report showed that Wales has the best superfast broadband availability amongst the devolved nations, with over eight out ten premises with access.

This compares with just over half in 2014. “We are currently consulting on the next stage where we are looking at the final few percent of premises not covered by the Superfast Cymru rollout or by the telecommunications companies’ own plans. “The consultation is the result of detailed research and includes a list of potential premises without superfast broadband. We would urge those currently without access to take part in this consultation.” Better overall approach needed Mike Learmond, FSB North Wales Development Manager, said: “Whilst customers that have benefitted from upgrades to service are seeing the difference, the fact remains that not all businesses are seeing an improved service. Openreach Engineer laying fibre in a duct as part of BT’s £2.5bn super-fast broadband programme. “We need a much better overall approach to digital connectivity which can work to address gaps across networks and providers. “For example, it is frustrating for businesses that may have access to superfast broadband, but no mobile phone signal or 4G capability when they leave the office.

Read More “Also, now that the infrastructure is in place there is still more work to do to encourage businesses to engage with Superfast Cymru in order to take advantage of the opportunities offered by Fibre broadband.” Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: “Digital connectivity was once a nice-to-have. It is now essential. And we have come a long way in Wales. “Thanks to the UK Government’s £66.9million investment in superfast broadband in Wales, over 645,000 Welsh homes and businesses can now get access to superfast broadband, and an additional 80,000 premises are expected to benefit from this investment by the end of 2017.

Read More “But we need to keep the UK moving with the demands of the digital age. “Our tremendous progress to date in Wales, coupled with the £400m funding available through the new Digital Infrastructure Fund will equip Welsh businesses with the tools they need to grow, and Welsh homes with the technology to be part of our online global community.” From 2018 the Welsh Government will be working on how to reach the final few per cent of premises without access to superfast broadband. So that this work is as accurate as possible it needs to hear from those not yet connected. A list of potential premises has been published and is open for comments until July 13.

An interactive map can help residents and businesses check if they are already included on the list.

The Welsh Government also wants to hear from communities who have an interest in driving their own solutions.

Consultation at https://consultations.gov.wales/consultations/next-generation-access-broadband

The full list of bungs for Northern Ireland that Wales would love 0

The full list of bungs for Northern Ireland that Wales would love

The UK Government has published the full list of promises made for Northern Ireland 1 in return for the DUP propping up Theresa May’s minority Conservative administration. The deal will boost Northern Ireland’s spending power by nearly £1.5bn and allow the type of investment in the health service, education and infrastructure that many people would love to see happen in Wales. In return, DUP MPs will support the Government on key motions “of confidence”, including the Budget, finance bills, Brexit and national security.

See our story on the deal here 2 . Here are the key elements of the windfall negotiated by the DUP: 1. £200m for roads A Belfast infrastructure upgrade is on the way (Photo: Daily Mirror) The UK Government will allocate £200m per year for two years. This is expected to be used in part to fund a major overhaul of part of the road network in Belfast which is notorious for gridlock.

In Wales, a key dilemma is how to stop M4 traffic grinding to a halt at huge cost to the economy 3 at Newport. The spectacle of cash going to Northern Ireland will rile people in Swansea if the promised electrification of the Great Western Line between the city and Cardiff is ditched. Northern Ireland already receives the most funding per head ONS 2. £75m broadband High-speed internet will reach more Northern Ireland households The UK Government will also contribute £75m a year for two years to help provide ultra-fast broadband.

A lack of fit for purpose internet access is a source of regular and intense frustration 4 in parts of Wales, with Denbighshire’s council this month warning 2,400 households lacked super-fast broadband.

3. Replacing lost EU funds How will Wales fare when the new system of EU funding is introduced? (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images) The UK Government promises that the needs of Northern Ireland will be reflected in the new Shared Prosperity Fund, which will replace the regional funding that today comes from the European Union. There is deep concern 5 about how this new system will affect Wales, which has received more than £4bn since 2000.

4. Giving N.Ireland the power to slash corporation tax At present, corporation tax is controlled by the Treasury (Photo: PA) Once power-sharing is back up and running, “one of the first tasks for the new Executive will be to work towards the devolution of Corporation tax rates”. Options will be developed for the new Autumn Budget this year.

This will intensify demands 6 for Wales to gain control of corporation tax levers to help businesses compete for investment once the UK leaves the EU.

5. A ‘comprehensive and ambitious set of city deals’ for Northern Ireland Theresa May and Carwyn Jones together for the signing of the Swansea City Deal – more could be coming to Northern Ireland (Photo: PA) Wales so far has two city deals worth more than £1bn apiece. It sounds like Northern Ireland could now have far more.

The agreement states there will be a “series” of deals to “boost investment and unlock the full potential of Northern Ireland”. There will also be a “limited number of enterprise zones”. There will be outcry in Wales if city deals are granted for Northern Ireland but there is no progress on the proposed North Wales Growth Deal 7 .

6. Devolving VAT on tourism business and tax on flights? Would a cut in tourism VAT result in more visitors scrambling on the Giant’s Causeway? (Photo: PA) The Welsh Government has long dreamed of giving Cardiff Airport a boost by slashing the tax on airlines – air passenger duty.

Northern Ireland already has the power to cut the duty on long haul flights and it looks like it now has eyes on a greater prize – the power to cut duty on shorter flights and also the right to cut VAT on tourism businesses. The deal document states that a report will be commissioned into the “impact of VAT and APD on tourism in Northern Ireland to recommend how best to build upon the growing success of that sector”. There have long been strong calls 8 for a cut to VAT for Wales’ tourism industries.

7. An extra £50m a year for schools and hospitals in Northern Ireland The new cash will be welcomed in Northern Ireland’s hospitals (Photo: PA) An extra £50m per year for two years will be supplied to “address immediate pressures in health and education”. Earlier this year, Dr Robin Roop, the vice president of Royal College of Emergency Medicine in Wales warned that A&E units in Wales were close to disaster 9 .

8. An extra £100m a year for two years to restructure health services There are regular reports of Welsh health services coming under financial pressure (Photo: Getty Images) The UK Government will “allocate £100m per year for two years” for “ health service transformation”. In March, the Welsh Government said it would not bail out 10 four health boards which were due to see their budget deficits triple.

9. £10m a year for five years for mental health services There is a growing recognition of the need for better provision of mental health services Under the deal, £10m per year will be provided for five years to boost services in this area. Concerns have been voiced about mental health provision in Wales. Mind Cymru has warned of how people can struggle to access counselling 11 and other “talking therapies”.

10. Poverty reduction Deprivation is just one legacy of the decades of the Troubles (Photo: Getty Images) The UK Government will provide £20m per year for five years to address areas with severe deprivation. Wales is home to some of the poorest communities in the UK and sits with Northern Ireland at the bottom of the earnings league table.

Welsh politicians will demand similar support to end multi-generation poverty 12 .

Median gross weekly earnings StatsWales References ^ https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/621797/UK_Govt__financial_support_for_Northern_Ireland.pdf (www.gov.uk) ^ http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/politics/live-updates-tories-agree-deal-13239067 (www.walesonline.co.uk) ^ huge cost to the economy (www.walesonline.co.uk) ^ intense frustration (www.walesonline.co.uk) ^ deep concern (www.walesonline.co.uk) ^ intensify demands (www.walesonline.co.uk) ^ North Wales Growth Deal (www.walesonline.co.uk) ^ strong calls (www.walesonline.co.uk) ^ disaster (www.walesonline.co.uk) ^ not bail out (www.walesonline.co.uk) ^ access counselling (www.walesonline.co.uk) ^ multi-generation poverty (www.walesonline.co.uk)

More than 2000 households in Denbighshire still without superfast broadband 0

More than 2000 households in Denbighshire still without superfast broadband

A council has slammed the Welsh Government over the high number of its residents who cannot get superfast broadband. Denbighshire council 1 has issued a plea to the government to ”come and work with us” as it was revealed 2,400 households still do not have access to the service. Councillor Richard Mainon, Cabinet Lead Member with responsibility for Digital: “This is very disappointing as the council has been pressing both the Welsh Government and BT for many months for answers as to when all communities in the county can benefit from it. “The council is aware of the economic benefits that high quality broadband can bring to communities. “Until now there has been uncertainty on which properties would not benefit from the publicly subsidised Superfast Cymru programme and the council has shared the frustrations and concerns of our businesses and residents. “The council has identified those properties in the county that cannot access superfast broadband.

While this is far from unique across Wales, the council is taking the opportunity to highlight the issue and support communities in moving forward.” Although a second scheme is due to get underway next year there are no guarantees that properties in Denbighshire 2 currently unable to access superfast broadband will get this opportunity in the next phase. Read More Cllr Mainon added: “We have tried to engage with the Welsh Assembly and BT because this is a such an important subject, to come and work with us and hopefully together we will be able to solve this problem.” Denbighshire council is looking to coordinate meetings with the most affected communities who would be interested in working together to improve their broadband, but would need local ‘champions’ who would be willing and able to co-ordinate the work required to implement a community solution. Read More A Welsh Government 3 spokesman said: “Superfast Cymru is making good progress.

At the end of March over 645,000 premises across Wales were able to access superfast broadband as a result. “The most recent Ofcom report showed that Wales has the best superfast broadband availability amongst the devolved nations, with over eight out 10 premises with access. “This compares with just over half in 2014. Latest figures for Denbighshire show over 21,000 premises have access thanks to the programme, with work ongoing, and the county has also benefited from commercial rollout. Around 27,000 are expected to have access by the end of the programme. “We have always been clear that Superfast Cymru would not reach every premises in Wales.

We are currently consulting on the next stage where we are looking at the final few percent of premises not covered by the Superfast Cymru rollout or by the telecommunications companies’ own plans. “The consultation is the result of detailed research and includes a list of potential premises without superfast broadband. We would urge those currently without access to take part in this consultation. If there are communities that have an interest in driving their own solutions we want to hear from them too.

We would also urge Denbighshire Council to take part in the consultation and work with us on offering faster broadband to the final few percent of hard to reach premises.” Read More Funding is available from Welsh Government for individuals and groups of property owners to upgrade their broadband themselves and the council is providing information on these opportunities on its website 4 .

Have your say on this story using the comments section below References ^ Denbighshire council (www.dailypost.co.uk) ^ in Denbighshire (www.dailypost.co.uk) ^ Welsh Government (www.dailypost.co.uk) ^ its website (www.denbighshire.gov.uk)