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EU funds will help bridge Welsh digital divide

Derek Vaughan MEP

A leading Welsh politician has welcomed changes introduced by the European Commission which will allow European funding to be used to tackle broadband internet “not spots” in rural and isolated areas of Wales.


Welsh Labour MEP, Derek Vaughan, has now called for the investment to be used innovatively to eliminate the gap that currently often exists in high speed broadband provision between rural and urban Wales.




“The people of Wales need fast and reliable access to the internet irrespective of where they happen to live and work.”


“For many farmers and small to medium sized businesses working in rural Wales, high speed broadband is becoming an essential day-to-day tool.  At the moment, there are large gaps in infrastructure that need to be closed and the plans agreed by the EU will open up new ways of funding it.”


“As we enter a new decade, broadband internet access is becoming the norm in communities across the world.  We must look carefully at how we use this money, not just to tackle the challenges facing us today but also to put us in a position where we can stay ahead of the game in the future.” 


- Tuesday, 12 January 2010 -

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