Byron Davies MP has recently received an update from Matt Hancock MP, Minister for Digital & Culture, on broadband in Gower. The update explained that the Government funded BDUK programme has made superfast broadband available to 16,835 homes and businesses. Current superfast coverage, both funded by Government and delivered commercially is 91.8%. Estimated superfast coverage by December 2017 will be 96.1%.
A list of postcodes in Gower which have benefited from newly available superfast coverage between October and December are as follows:
SA3 2EJ, SA3 2EQ, SA3 5AA, SA3 5LE, SA4 3HW, SA4 3QP, SA4 6QB, SA4 6UB, SA4 8NP, SA4 8SZ, SA4 9FB, SA4 9GJ, SA8 4DF.
As part of our commitment to build a country that works for everyone, the Government is also introducing a Broadband Universal Service Obligation to give consumers the right to request fast, affordable broadband wherever they live and work. This will mean that by 2020 everyone can request a connection of at least 10Mbps - around half the speed of superfast, but still quick enough to download a half-hour TV show in two minutes.
Superfast broadband is now available to 92% of premises nationally, of which around 4.3 million have got their availability thanks to the Government’s Superfast Broadband Programme. Of these 4.3 million, over 1.5 million homes and businesses have now taken up superfast broadband.
The recently published Digital Strategy aims to make Britain the best place in the world to start and grow a digital business. In the recent Budget we announced a £200 million investment fund to enable local bodies to fund full fibre connections in their area. This will include gigabit-speed business connection vouchers, stimulating the economy and creating jobs, and installing full fibre broadband to public buildings which in turn, will stimulate investment by suppliers in those areas. We are also providing funding for trials of 5G, including investment in a national 5G Infrastructure Hub that will provide the necessary infrastructure for the forthcoming testbeds and trials.
You can check the availability of superfast broadband services for specific homes and businesses at http://gosuperfastchecker.culture.gov.uk/ from where you will be directed to available superfast broadband providers. If you have any concerns about discrepancies with local coverage data, you may wish to follow up with your local project team. Further information is available via the project website at http://www.superfast-cymru.com/home For those who cannot currently get superfast broadband, some providers provide a demand registration service where consumers can register their interest. Ofcom also publish local data at: https://checker.ofcom.org.uk/broadband-coverage
For those with very poor broadband there is the Better Broadband Scheme, which provides access to a subsidised broadband connection for homes and businesses which are unable to access a basic broadband speed of at least 2Mbps. This provides access to satellite broadband across the whole of the UK, and also to wireless, fixed 4G or community fibre broadband in some areas of the country. Further details are at http://basicbroadbandchecker.culture.gov.uk/