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People in Carmarthenshire have ‘slowest internet in UK’ according to new report

People in Carmarthenshire who suffer the worst internet speeds in the UK should be compensated, according to a new report. It’s been revealed that almost 14,000 properties in the Carmarthen East and Dinefwr area have inadequate broadband, making it the worst parliamentary constituency in the whole of the UK for broadband speeds, and the report – carried out by the British Infrastructure Group – states that there is a “strong case for automatically compensating broadband customers receiving inadequate speeds”. It also calls on regulator Ofcom to take a more active role in the delivery of compensation to customers who don’t receive the standard of service expected from broadband providers.

One of those providers, BT, has recently announced its aim to provide 99 per cent of premises in the UK with a minimum broadband speed of 10 mbs (megabyte per second) within the next three years, but the report assessed that 13,874 broadband connections in Carmarthen East and Dinefwr may fail to receive that speed.

“I am deeply disappointed by the findings of the report which have shown a lacklustre approach by broadband providers in Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, and indeed across Carmarthenshire,” said MP Jonathan Edwards.

“The report clearly outlines how Carmarthenshire is very much in the slow lane when compared with the rest of the UK.

“Underlining this dire record by broadband providers and the Labour Welsh Government is the fact that existing broadband infrastructure programmes often overlook rural communities, where rural broadband connectivity seems of secondary importance in an urban area-dominated rush to meet targets.

“There are mounting challenges for our rural communities here in Carmarthenshire, but also across Wales. Ensuring an equal service obligation and the effective provision of broadband in rural areas will be one step in ensuring that rural communities are able to meet these challenges. Our rural communities must not be punished for their geography in the provision of broadband connectivity.”

People In Carmarthenshire Have 'slowest Internet In UK' According To New Report MP Jonathan Edwards: “Rural communities must not be punished for their geography”

Mr Edwards’ concerns about rural parts of Wales being left behind appear to be stacked up by the fact that Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Ceredigion, and Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire were all rated in the worst five constituencies in Wales for high speed internet access in 2016. Meanwhile, the best performing five constituencies are all based in and around Cardiff and Swansea.

Percentage of broadband connections slower than 10 mbs in 2016:

– Carmarthen East and Dinefwr: 58.2%

– Ceredigion: 55.1%

– Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire: 49.8%

– Gower: 26.3%

– Swansea East: 25.2%

– Cardiff West: 24.5%

– Cardiff Central: 22.6%

– Swansea West: 20%

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Assembly Member Adam Price believes that broadband should be thought of as an “essential service”, rather than something that one should only expect in more urban areas.

“I support the principle that Ofcom should explore automatically compensating broadband customers who consistently fail to receive the speed they pay for,”said Mr Price.

“Slow and unreliable broadband connections can leave rural customers and companies at a significant disadvantage.

“Broadband should be considered an essential service for our rural economies and we will continue to champion this issue over the coming months to ensure that Carmarthenshire can catch up and isn’t left behind in future.”

People In Carmarthenshire Have 'slowest Internet In UK' According To New Report BT has announced its aim to provide 99 per cent of premises in the UK with a minimum broadband speed of 10 mbs by 2020

The Welsh Government says the report is misleading, and that its Superfast Cymru programme already gives people in Carmarthen East and Dinfewr, and further afield, access to a faster broadband service should they wish to utilise it.

“There has been tremendous progress in the availability of superfast broadband across the country thanks to the work of the Welsh Government,” a spokeswoman said.

“Over 647,000 premises can now access it in Wales as a result of the Welsh Government’s Superfast Cymru programme.

“The latest Ofcom report shows that Wales has the highest availability of superfast broadband among the devolved nations, largely thanks to the Superfast Cymru programme, with over eight out of ten premises with access. This compares with just over half in 2014.”

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The government also point to the fact that more than 50,000 premises in Carmarthenshire as a whole can now access superfast broadband, and that it is committed to ensuring that fast internet connectivity is available to all.

“While we’re aware of the UK Government’s plans for a 10Mbps+ Universal Service Obligation (USO), the Welsh Government is already working towards offering fast reliable broadband to every property in Wales,” the spokeswoman added.

“As well as Superfast Cymru the Welsh Government also offers schemes such as the Ultrafast Connectivity Voucher which provides assistance for businesses to access speeds of more than 330mbps.”

People can check here1 to see if their property is eligible for superfast broadband.

References

  1. ^ here (gov.wales)

Fallen tree causes disruption as wet weather hits south west Wales

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THIS was the sight greeting residents of New Dock Street in Llanelli as they woke up this morning. A tree fell into the road in the middle of the night as the wet weather rained down on south west Wales. There was no damage caused to vehicles parked on the road, but the tree collided with a telephone wire, meaning there will be some disruption this morning to parts of the town in terms of internet and telephone service.

READ MORE: More rain fell in Swansea on first day of August than any other day this year2

Superfast Broadband Cymru are currently at the scene, and a Dyfed-Powys Police Officer is also present, awaiting the arrival of Carmarthenshire Council. A clean-up operation is now expected to take place during the day.

Fallen Tree Causes Disruption As Wet Weather Hits South West Wales

People living nearby were out on the streets this morning having a chat to officers about the issue. Today, the Met Office is predicting a fairly damp and cloudy start for the country with patchy light rain and drizzle through the morning.

READ MORE: Friends hook SEVEN-FOOT SHARK just yards away from popular Welsh beach3

It may brighten up a little during the afternoon with some sunny intervals in the east, with a maximum temperature of 20 C.

There will be patchy cloud and some clear spells overnight, although with outbreaks of rain and drizzle continuing in places, feeling muggy in the south-east, with a minimum temperature of 15 C.

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Robert Dalling5

References

  1. ^ Comments (0) (www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk)
  2. ^ More rain fell in Swansea on first day of August than any other day this year (www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk)
  3. ^ Friends hook SEVEN-FOOT SHARK just yards away from popular Welsh beach (www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk)
  4. ^ CLICK HERE (www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk)
  5. ^ Robert Dalling (www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk)

Independence Cymru and Alba: Awaiting the Opportune Moment

Tom Gordon, Scottish Political Editor / / News
12 NICOLA Sturgeon yesterday announced an SNP summer initiative to convert sceptical voters to the beautiful dream of independence.
The First Minister admitted her party s arguments had not been compelling enough for many people in 2014, however Sturgeon said she planned to rectify that with a fresh push and a fresh approach.
We will hear your concerns and address your questions – and in the process, we will be prepared to challenge some of our own answers, she said.
It will not be an attempt to browbeat anyone. Patiently and respectfully we will seek to convince you that independence really does offer the best future for Scotland.
That is how we will turn the 45 per cent of September 2014 into a strong and positive majority for independence.
The announcement came as a new YouGov poll confirmed the SNP is on track for a second majority in May – and showed Labour on a record low, behind the Tories.
Addressing around 2500 delegates at the SNP s pre-election conference, the First Minister announced a series of promises on health, education, tax and childcare. There were also stinging attacks on the Tories and Scottish Labour.
But it was the section on independence which stirred the greatest – and loudest – passions in the cavernous hall at the SECC in Glasgow.
Sturgeon quoted her “hero” Eleanor Roosevelt, the former First Lady of the United States, who said the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams .
The SNP leader went on: Our dream is for Scotland to be become independent.

To be in the driving seat of our own destiny. To shape our own future.
And on the basis of equality with our family across the British Isles and our friends across the globe, to play our part in building a better world. That is a beautiful dream. And we believe in it.
However she warned that simply wishing to re-run referendum next week wouldn t deliver it.
Our success will depend on the strength of our arguments and the clarity of our vision.
It will mean convincing the people of this country that independence is right – not for yesterday s world – but for the complex, challenging and increasingly interdependent world that we live in. And right also for the world that our children will inherit and live in tomorrow.
The announcement, with its emphasis on patience, respect and a lack of browbeating, signalled a break with the brash campaigning style of Alex Salmond in 2014.
It also suggests the SNP hierarchy is rethinking some of the weaker aspects of the previous Yes prospectus, notably on the currency and the economy.
Last week s Government Revenue and Expenditure in Scotland (GERS) report said Scotland raised 15bn less in tax than it spent in 2014-15, a record deficit.
With bad economic data likely to harden the mood of No voters and erode a soft Yes vote, the summer initiative is aimed at shoring up the 45 per cent support as well as adding to it.
It will be paid for out of SNP party funds not public money.
In the early sections of her 40-minute speech, Sturgeon set out the principles that would guide her as First Minister after May and said the SNP would always fight Scotland s corner .
She cited John Swinney s recent fiscal framework deal with the Treasury which left Scotland 7bn better off than Westminster wanted: It was a blatant and shameful attempt to renege on the ‘vow’ they made to Scotland. But we said ‘no’. As we say in Glasgow, we gubbed them.
She said the SNP would reform the NHS to prepare for a growing elderly population, but said it would stay in public hands, with a rising resource budget every year for five years.
She also announced an extra 50m for radiotherapy services to help fight cancer.
On education, she said free meals would be extended to nurseries, with headteachers in deprived schools getting bigger budgets to spend as they saw fit to close the attainment gap.
There was also a loudly-cheered pledge for 100 per cent superfast digital broadband coverage, even in the most remote rural areas.
Using the new welfare powers coming to Holyrood, Sturgeon said the SNP would restore maternity grants for large families which had been cut by the Tories and introduce 250 grants to low income parents for children starting nursery or primary.
She pledged the SNP would not raise the basic rate of income tax above 20p during the next parliament, but left open the possibility of raising the 40p and 45p bands.
She also hinted strongly that she would not match Tory plans to raise the threshold for the 40p rate from 42,385 to 50,000 by 2021, saying: It would be wrong to give big tax cuts to the better off as George Osborne is planning to do. We will not do that.
She said she would set out more detailed tax plans after Wednesday s budget.
Reacting to Sturgeon s push on independence, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson said: “It’s clear the SNP – from top to bottom – just isn’t prepared to let this go. People voted decisively to remain part of the UK and it’s time Nicola Sturgeon respected it.
Scottish Labour deputy leader Alex Rowley called the speech timid .

Scottish LibDem leader Willie Rennie said: “The SNP’s biggest priority remains to start the division of the referendum again.”

References

  1. ^ Tom Gordon (www.heraldscotland.com)
  2. ^ News (www.heraldscotland.com)