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The Welsh government has secured £56.9 million to deliver broadband and super-fast broadband across the country.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced the allocation, part of the government's £530 million broadband investment fund, yesterday (Tuesday July 12th).

If the Welsh government matches the investment, it will be able to equip 90 per cent of premises with super-fast broadband and everyone with access to at least two Mb.

"Super-fast broadband is essential if businesses are to grow and create new jobs. It is increasingly important for the way we deliver public services and to our everyday lives," Mr Hunt said.

The recent Rural Economy Taskforce Report revealed that people and businesses in rural Wales pinpoint poor broadband services as their chief frustration.

"Some areas of the UK are being left behind," Mr Hunt stated.

"Many rural and hard-to-reach communities do not have decent broadband access. We must ensure the whole country can join the digital age."

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