Disappointment with New Superfast Scheme

Following the long awaited announcement by the Welsh Government as to when the next superfast broadband rollout will be undertaken, Janet Finch-Saunders, Assembly Member for Aberconwy, has spoken of her disappointment at the lack of information currently available as to which premises will be upgraded in North Wales.

Janet said:

“Whilst 92% of premises might have been reached across Wales, this represents a major failure by the Welsh Labour Government as it committed in the 2011 manifesto to upgrading 100% of premises across Wales by 2015.

“The failure of the Welsh Government’s handling of superfast has been experienced first-hand by so many constituents here in Aberconwy. In addition to us find the Welsh Government, BT, and Openreach to have made numerous unreliable commitments, and leaving many disappointed and stuck on a super slow speed, Julie James AM, Leader of the House and Chief Whip, actually misled us all earlier this year at my broadband surgery in Maenan Abbey.

“Despite the Leader of the House promising that we would have details of the next rollout of superfast by the summer, we are actually still waiting.  Indeed, whilst she has announced that 16,000 premises will be upgraded by March 2021, I am still not clear as to which these will be in North Wales, and specifically, Aberconwy.

“Going forward, I have written to the Welsh Government asking for clarity, and will continue to stand up for every constituent until they no longer have to rely on super slow”.

ENDS

Written Assembly Question to the Leader of the House and Chief Whip:

Will the Leader of the House state by when residents in North Wales will know if their premises will be upgraded as part of £13million investment, and explain what measures the Welsh Government, BT and Openreach have taken so to improve on past unreliability of upgrading commitments and dates?

Notes:

Next Faster Broadband steps outlined