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Welsh 'slowspots' get access to broadband grant scheme

Wales is to extend its fast broadband drive to take in not only 'notspots' but also 'slowspots', the Welsh government has said.At the moment, Wales's Broadband Support Scheme (BSS) is only available to those who have connectivity at speeds of less than 512Kbps.
Written by David Meyer, Contributor on

Wales is to extend its fast broadband drive to take in not only 'notspots' but also 'slowspots', the Welsh government has said.

At the moment, Wales's Broadband Support Scheme (BSS) is only available to those who have connectivity at speeds of less than 512Kbps. Residents, communities, businesses and other organisations in these notspots can apply for a grant of up to £1,000 to support a satellite broadband connection, wireless community network or fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) deployment.

On Monday, the Welsh government said the same scheme would be extended to those in what are apparently called slowspots, which is to say areas where connectivity is slower than 2Mbps.

"It is vital that everyone across Wales has access to basic broadband," business, enterprise, technology and science minister Edwina Hart said in a statement. "By extending the criteria for the BSS, we can make sure that more people can access broadband and take advantage of the opportunities provided by digital technologies."

Hart added that, since the scheme kicked off a year ago, more than 800 applications had been approved, with the applicants now having broadband access.

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