Analysis from Which? has revealed that Mid Wales’ local authorities remain near the bottom of the table for internet speeds.
Ceredigion and Powys have average speeds of just 7.5mbps and 7.7mbps, making them the 7th and 8th worst local authorities in the UK respectively.
Last week the Welsh Government committed in a written statement to spending over £9.2million to provide better broadband for around 10,000 houses by March 2021.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds said:
These figures make difficult reading as they show the digital divide between Mid Wales and South Wales is getting wider, not narrower. While big cities are on the information superhighway, Wales’ rural communities are left with the internet equivalent of a single-track road.
The Welsh and UK Governments need to step up their efforts to deliver faster broadband across Wales and particularly in rural communities.
Digital connectivity is essential to allow our businesses and communities to flourish in the modern world. Mid Wales cannot be allowed to fall behind.
A few days ago the Welsh Government announced details of investment in broadband in Mid Wales and it’s absolutely imperative this is followed through and delivers significant improvements for the people of Wales.
Which? consumer tested broadband speeds can be found here
The Welsh Government’s written statement can be found here