In response to the Welsh Government’s announcement that it will invest £40 million in delivering broadband in schools across Wales, the Party of Wales shadow Education spokesperson Simon Thomas said:
“Improving broadband connection across Wales is a Plaid Cymru priority, and we are glad that this investment will go some of the way to achieving that. A strong broadband network is essential in the 21st century, and that is why we have always said that a Party of Wales government would improve broadband connectivity across Wales, not just in schools.
“In line with success of Plaid Cymru's One Wales policy to give each child of secondary school age a laptop, the Welsh Government now needs to ensure pupils have access to the best hardware and software to take full advantage of broadband.
“Wales badly needs investment in our digital future and investing the provision of broadband in schools will help ensure that our young people will be equipped with the skills that are necessary to make the future Welsh workforce a global competitor. But for this to be realised the Welsh Government needs to ensure that broadband structure is strengthened across Wales so that our businesses and economy can now benefit from these skills. Today’s announcement is one small step towards ensuring Wales’ digital future.”