Wales gets £10m to boost broadband


Wales gets £10m to boost broadband

Ian Grant

Wales is to get £10m to roll out early phases of high-speed broadband in Pwllheli and surrounding areas in north Wales.

Chancellor George Osborne said the money will come from the £530m earmarked last year to put broadband into the UK's "not-spots".

Announcing the allocation during a visit to a JCB factory in Wrexham, Osborne said, "Having seen the potential growth opportunities in Wrexham today, I am pleased to announce £10m additional funding for Wales that will support the extension of superfast broadband.

"This funding will support the Welsh economy and help drive the private sector-led recovery by driving innovation and commercial opportunities in communities across Wales," he said.

This is the first tranche of funding that the country will receive, and forms part of the Welsh Assembly government's national delivery plan for all of Wales.

Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan said the government needed to test "innovative approaches" that bring broadband to hard-to-reach areas. "Today's announcement will do just that," she said.

JCB announced that it had signed a new contract for 350 vehicles with a UK business. It was looking for more than 80 people to fill new engineering positions at JCB UK.

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