Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore, has secured a vital concession from the UK Government which will mean the South Wales Valleys will be first on the list in an upcoming broadband programme.
At Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Questions, Minister Margot James MP confirmed to Chris that she had recommended that the Chancellor include the South Wales Valleys in the first wave of pilots for the government’s Rural Gigabit Connectivity Programme.
The scheme will offer up to £3,500 for small businesses and £1,500 for local residents to encourage greater uptake of gigabit-capable connectivity.
The Minister said that Chris’ campaigning on the issue last year “led directly” to her recommendation.
Chris has been working with a range of community groups to seek solutions to the connectivity issues they’re currently facing and has lobbied both government ministers and the technology providers themselves.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“This is very welcome news and I hope the Minister keeps good on her promise and delivers the kind of change we need in parts of the South Wales Valleys.
“While we have people talking about the roll-out of 5G, far too many of my constituents don’t have adequate broadband connections, telephone signal or even digital tv signal.
“It’s really good to hear that the government have started to listen to the many representations I’ve been making on this issue. I hope this is the start of much more radical action to improve digital inclusion for our Valley communities.”