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Pembrokeshire Life Online bloggers, Suzanne Ashworth and Ken Mahoney from Mathry, boost Welsh Government …

A BLOGGER couple from Mathry are getting behind a new campaign to promote the benefits of superfast broadband. Suzanne Ashworth and her partner Ken Mahoney, founders of Pembrokeshire Life Online, are supporting the Welsh Government campaign after experiencing first-hand how a superfast internet service can help connect and create online communities, even in the remotest parts of the county. After moving from Somerset in 2014 the couple started a blog about their move and quickly became an online hit with locals and other families looking to relocate.

With conventional broadband speeds not allowing them upload their picture and video content fast enough, the couple made the switch to superfast as soon as the service became available.

“It seems amazing that although we live in a caravan park in such a remote and peaceful part of the world, we’re able to connect with thousands of people and create an online community in our new home,” said Suzanne.

“We really wanted to feature videos of local events, audio clips and be able to upload picture galleries and so upgraded to superfast as soon as it came to our area. The difference has been incredible.”

With over 84% of the Superfast Cymru roll-out programme complete in Pembrokeshire, the Welsh Government superfast campaign is aiming to promote superfast broadband to residents to demonstrate its benefits and encourage its further use across the county. Welsh Government Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James, added:

“Faster broadband speeds are enabling people to connect with each other and form online communities with greater speed and efficiency than ever before.

“We want as many people as possible to realise these benefits, and this campaign is aiming to showcase how the technology is impacting thousands of lives in communities across Wales.”

To find out what broadband is available, people are advised to visit www.gov.wales/broadband.

This also includes information for those not yet able to receive superfast broadband as support may be available through the Welsh Government’s Access Broadband Cymru scheme.

Winsford MP praised for rural communities broadband fight

BROADBAND minister Matthew Hancock is backing Winsford MP Antoinette Sandbach, in her calls for network providers to make sure that people across the region are better connected. Ms Sandbach said that she was amazed at the number of people who said they had poor mobile network coverage and slow internet speeds, rather than superfast connections, which enables families to be online at the same time. She said: “I was surprised to hear that some people in Eddisbury are not receiving a good mobile signal and need better broadband links.

“In this day and age people take access to high-speed internet connections for granted, so it’s not right is they are not getting a service that they are paying for.”

“Having campaigned and had success for better broadband and mobile coverage in some rural areas in parts of North Wales already I am determined to do the same in Cheshire and am encouraging residents to take part in my broadband survey.”

Praising Antoinette for highlighting the concerns of residents, MrHancock, the Minister of State for Digital and Culture, said: “I am pleased Antoinette is petitioning network providers to bring about better speeds.

“Fast, reliable connectivity through broadband and mobile has become the fourth utility, as essential to modern life as access to water or electricity.

“This Government is providing families and businesses in hard-to-reach areas with access to superfast internet connections through our ?1.7 billion broadband delivery programme.

“More than 17,600 connections have already been installed in Eddisbury, and almost 2,000 more will be delivered by June next year in a further sign of our commitment to build a country that works for everyone.”

“I would urge anyone struggling with slow broadband to check whether faster speeds are available to them by visiting www.gov.uk/gosuperfast.”

Pembrokeshire Life Online bloggers, Suzanne Ashworth and Ken …

A BLOGGER couple from Mathry are getting behind a new campaign to promote the benefits of superfast broadband. Suzanne Ashworth and her partner Ken Mahoney, founders of Pembrokeshire Life Online, are supporting the Welsh Government campaign after experiencing first-hand how a superfast internet service can help connect and create online communities, even in the remotest parts of the county. After moving from Somerset in 2014 the couple started a blog about their move and quickly became an online hit with locals and other families looking to relocate.

With conventional broadband speeds not allowing them upload their picture and video content fast enough, the couple made the switch to superfast as soon as the service became available.

“It seems amazing that although we live in a caravan park in such a remote and peaceful part of the world, we’re able to connect with thousands of people and create an online community in our new home,” said Suzanne.

“We really wanted to feature videos of local events, audio clips and be able to upload picture galleries and so upgraded to superfast as soon as it came to our area. The difference has been incredible.”

With over 84% of the Superfast Cymru roll-out programme complete in Pembrokeshire, the Welsh Government superfast campaign is aiming to promote superfast broadband to residents to demonstrate its benefits and encourage its further use across the county. Welsh Government Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James, added:

“Faster broadband speeds are enabling people to connect with each other and form online communities with greater speed and efficiency than ever before.

“We want as many people as possible to realise these benefits, and this campaign is aiming to showcase how the technology is impacting thousands of lives in communities across Wales.”

To find out what broadband is available, people are advised to visit www.gov.wales/broadband.

This also includes information for those not yet able to receive superfast broadband as support may be available through the Welsh Government’s Access Broadband Cymru scheme.