Today, I welcomed the news that more premises in Delyn are now connected to Superfast broadband. 16,696 premises have now been connected to the fastest broadband available in the UK.
Between July and September 853 premises were connected, and a further 4,366 premises are due to be covered by the publicly funded programme by the end of June 2017.
However, data released by the Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, Ed Vaizey MP, shows that by the end of June 2017 30,365 premises will be connected to Superfast broadband. But in Delyn there are approximately 32,088 premises. Meaning a staggering 1,723 premises will not be connected to the fastest broadband speeds currently available.
I welcome the news that nearly 17,000 premises are now connected to Superfast broadband, as this will allow businesses in Delyn to compete in the digital economy. It will also allow households to use much loved digital media services like iPlayer.
However, by the Government’s own data there are going to be nearly 2,000 premises in Delyn without Superfast broadband by 2017. More and more services are being moved online and these homes and businesses are being excluded because of the Government’s lack of investment.
We need to ensure that north Wales is not left behind the digital revolution. Delyn is full of potential and the UK Government is holding us back.