Jane Dodds MS has demanded action on broadband across Mid and West Wales at the latest First Minister's Questions after the Conservatives plans for better broadband was dropped.
In a survey by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes in Wales, the CLA, Farmers’ Union of Wales, NFU Cymru and Wales Young Farmers’ Club, more than 50 per cent of respondents from rural areas in Wales felt that the internet was not fast and reliable, particularly people in Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire.
Jane Dodds MS said: “So much of our lives due in part to Covid-19 is online and I believe we will continue to keep much of this up from shopping to working. However, only 36 percent of people in rural areas had superfast broadband, compared to 67 per cent in urban areas.
“A fast and affordable broadband connection is not a luxury, it's essential. And when so many in rural Wales struggle for even the most basic connection, it’s disgraceful to see the Conservatives renege on their promise for high-speed, reliable broadband connections across Wales that we've all learnt is so vital.
“I agree with the First Minister that it’s disappointing that the UK Conservative Government's plans, which were to provide gigabit broadband to all premises in the UK by 2025, have since been scaled back.
“The Welsh Liberal Democrats are calling on the UK Government to immediately recommit to delivering fast broadband to all by 2025 for our homes and businesses. The UK Government must invest in rural infrastructure to enable everyone to have the same digital connectivity opportunities and ensure no one is left behind.”