If you live in north Wales (UK), especially in Maldwyn’s Montgomeryshire, you have probably noticed that the broadband speeds you are receiving rarely are higher than basic speeds (2Mbps).
This is why Russell George, a Welsh Assembly Member, has decided to start a campaign also known as Speed Up Our Broadband in Montgomeryshire, which you can find here.
He seeks help from Montgomeryshire residents to find out where exactly the “broadband notspots” were. To do that, he is asking everyone to carry out an area-specific speed test on the 18th and 19th of August.
Mr George was quoted as saying:
“Broadband is imperative for rural communities – it’s a utility just like electricity that we all need.
“In today’s electronic age residents need it for communicating by e-mail or even accessing banking now that many rural branches have closed. Farmers have to update livestock records online or face fines!”
He continued to say that without a good broadband connection, it will be impossible to “invest for the future and create new employment in the area.”
The Welsh Government is working on deploying superfast speeds to 100 per cent of businesses within the country by 2016 and the same goes for homes but by 2020. The plan is to make it happen with £400m.
Broadbandwatcher is eager to see the outcome of the Monty campaign and the country’s general deployment scheme. Is £400m really enough?