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The Welsh Broadband Support Scheme (BSS), which offers subsidies to digitally-challenged businesses, is to come to a close.

At present, companies with a slow broadband connection - below 2Mb download capabilities - can apply for a £1,000 grant to improve their connectivity.

But with the Welsh Government making a major public investment in the principality's network infrastructure, this vehicle is being shut down.

The BSS will officially come to a close on March 31st 2013.

Last year, the Welsh Government committed to spend £425 million rolling out high-speed and super-fast broadband nationwide.

BT will upgrade the national broadband network, delivering super-fast broadband speeds to up to 96 per cent of Welsh homes and businesses by 2015.

A Welsh Government spokeswoman told the Denbighshire Free Press that work has already started on the Superfast Cymru programme, which is designed to deliver fibre broadband to parts of the country not covered by commercial plans.

"It will ensure Wales has access to broadband speeds of up to 80Mb and help the Welsh Government reach 96 per cent of Welsh homes and businesses," she stated.

"More information on a new scheme to help the four per cent hardest-to-reach properties will be available in the spring."

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