Broadband in Wales is to receive a £10 million boost from the UK government, as chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne revealed a programme to rollout high-speed internet.
During his speech at the JCB factory in Wrexham, Mr Osborne revealed the funding will be used as part of a programme to rollout high speed connectivity to areas in North Wales.
He went on to say that the investment will help to drive economic recovery in the private sector and increase the number of commercial opportunities, as part of a wider spending plan.
“This is just the first wave of funding for Wales from over half a billion pounds we have already set aside to extend superfast broadband across the UK” he explained.
Welcoming the chancellor’s announcement, Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones said: “It is a key priority for us and that is why we have set a target for all businesses, large and small, in Wales to have access to next-generation broadband.”
The rollout of high quality broadband infrastructure will enable more and more businesses to save time and money by fully committing to internet technologies, such as cloud storage, remote access and business VoIP.
This, in turn, means that those businesses can also reduce their carbon footprint by empowering workers to set up virtual offices, eradicating commuting levels.
The UK government has said every UK community will be able to receive super-fast broadband by 2015 under plans outlined in December.
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