Welsh Conservative MEP Kay Swinburne has welcomed today's news that Wales will benefit from an additional £12 million to fund Superfast Broadband roll-out.
Wales has already benefitted from £57 million pounds of UK Government investment in the Superfast Cymru project, but today's news that local projects in Wales will receive an additional £12 million of funding, focusing in particular on rural areas, will come as a welcome boost to businesses and families, who are yet to reap the benefits of superfast broadband.
Commenting on the news, Dr Swinburne MEP, said:
"This is great news for Wales. We are already seeing the value that investment in superfast broadband can bring, but it is vital we ensure that no community in Wales is left behind and this kind of extra funding can help us to achieve this goal and deliver a real boost to our rural economies.
"Superfast broadband can also unlock direct access to EU markets for our Welsh businesses, providing real opportunities for growth and for export.
"This extra funding is a clear signal of the UK Government's commitment to investing in broadband infrastructure for people in Wales and I look forward to seeing this funding aiding the delivery of the new technology to the doorsteps of as many homes and businesses in Wales as soon as possible."