Rebecca Evans, Welsh Labour's Assembly candidate for Gower, has welcomed the news that two Welsh Government schemes are being expanded to further increase the number of people able to access superfast broadband in Gower.
Rebecca Evans said: "Wales is already leading the way with the provision of superfast broadband.
"Thanks to a combination of commercial roll-outs and the Welsh Government's investment in the Superfast Cymru programme, all exchanges in Gower have now been fibre enabled with the single exception of Penmaen which is due to be enabled in March this year.
"Over 530,000 premises in Wales now have access to fast fibre broadband, including more than 81% of premises on the Penclawdd exchange, and 83% on the Bishopston and Gowerton exchanges as part of the Welsh Government's Superfast Cymru programme.
"The Superfast Cymru and commercial roll-outs have been successful in ensuring that the vast majority of premises in Wales will be able to access superfast broadband, but there are still some that will not. That is why today's announcement is important."
The Deputy Minister for Technology and Skills, Julie James, has announced changes to the Access Broadband Cymru and Ultrafast Connectivity Voucher schemes which will expand the availability of superfast broadband and will make faster internet speeds available to all homes and businesses across Wales.
For a two-year period, the Access Broadband Cymru scheme will be available to all homes and businesses across Wales which currently do not have a superfast connection.
This scheme will fund, or part-fund, the installation costs of new broadband connections for homes and businesses in Wales which deliver a step change in download speeds. There will be two levels of funding depending on the speed required, £400 for download speeds of 10Mbps and above and £800 for 30Mbps and above.
A range of technologies can be used to deliver superfast speeds including satellite, wireless and 4G.
The Ultrafast Connectivity Voucher is being opened up to businesses across Wales to help them meet the initial capital costs involved in installing ultrafast broadband services. The maximum grant available will be £10,000. This scheme was previously only available to businesses located in the Enterprise and Local Growth Zones.
Rebecca Evans added: "The expansion of these schemes is great news for both residents and business people in Gower. This is a serious investment on the part of the Welsh Government in business and in learning, as well as one which will also allow more people to access the many entertainment opportunities that superfast connectivity brings."
Full information is available on the Welsh Government website.
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