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Campaign launched to promote area's "super fast" broadband

 
Created on 24/10/2017 @ 15:37
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Residents in Newtown and throughout Montgomeryshire are to be targeted in a campaign promoting the benefits of super fast broadband in the area.

But while it'll highlight ways to use the technology for work and pleasure, many in the area still without superfast broadband or any form of broadband in "not spots" are being told to visit the government's website to see what they can do.

The campaign will see officials visiting libraries, schools and community centres in the area over the coming month.

Welsh Government Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James, said: “Superfast broadband has become crucial for homes, which is why we are committed to bringing faster internet speeds to regions across Wales. Improving our digital infrastructure is key to driving economic growth, supporting public services and helping people communicate.
 
“While the majority of homes in Powys can now access superfast broadband should they wish to, many people are simply not fully aware of its benefits or how it can be accessed. Faster broadband speeds are enabling families and individuals to carry out their activities with greater speed and efficiency than ever before, and on multiple devices.

"This includes activities such as downloading large learning resources for children, managing bank accounts, shopping for groceries, paying household bills or using video services such as Skype - to name a few.
 
“For home-workers, the service increases efficiency, boosts productivity and optimises delivery. Being able to communicate via high definition video conferencing or Skype enables companies to speak with staff, customers and suppliers from anywhere in the world.
 
“Superfast broadband also gives access to cloud computing services such as instant data back-ups, making security and upgrades much easier for users. 
 
“We want as many people as possible to realise these benefits, and this campaign aims to showcase how the technology is impacting thousands of lives in communities across Wales.
 
“The rollout of superfast broadband is continuing across Wales and while most premises can now receive it, I know that there are premises waiting for it, or unsure as yet if they will receive it. Advice and assistance is also available for them.”
  
Households and businesses in Powys wanting to take advantage of the benefits of fast fibre broadband should contact an internet service provider (ISP) of their choice to place an order.
 
*To find out what broadband is available, people are advised to visit www.gov.wales/broadband
 
This also includes information for those not yet able to receive superfast broadband as support may be available through the Welsh Government's Access Broadband Cymru scheme, which provides grant funding to access superfast broadband through other means.

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