The Welsh Government has launched the “Next Generation Access Broadband” consultation.
It is seeking to confirm the premises in Wales which do not have Next Generation Access broadband at 30 megabits per second and have no plans to provide that infrastructure over the next three years.
This is part of a drive to improve the quality of data available, including a move from postcode level data to data on individual premises. An interactive map is available to view.
The consultation is open until July 13th, and further details can be found here.
Announcing the consultation, the Cabinet Secretary for Skills and Science in the Welsh Government said:
“We are keen to hear the views of both the telecoms industry and residents and business owners on whether any further premises should be included or whether any premises currently on the list should be excluded. To support this, the data available on our website will be at a very granular level. I encourage everyone afflicted by poor broadband to ensure that their individual premises are identified correctly on the map. I encourage Assembly Members and Local Authorities to apply their local knowledge to help ensure that this data is robust and accurate.”
“The consultation will help us to further refine the list of unconnected premises. Given the scale of the numbers involved, inevitably, the list of premises remaining will not be perfect but the more responses we receive, the more comprehensive the list will be.”
“The results of the public consultation will help to determine the procurement strategy both in terms of the number and location of potential bidding lots and whether any prioritisation criteria should be included.”
Kirsty Williams, Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, said:
"So many properties in Brecon and Radnorshire are facing huge challenges in obtaining broadband provision. I'd like to encourage residents to engage with this consultation and I will continue to campaign to ensure more people can access this essential service."