Councillor Gareth Thomas, Penrhyndeudraeth and Llanfrothen Community Council in Gwynedd are calling on the Welsh Government and BT to step up their efforts to ensure the necessary work is undertaken to provide fibre optic broadband facilities in the villages of Croesor and Rhyd.
Plaid Cymru Councillor and Chair of Llanfrothen Community Council, Glyn Griffiths, said:
“We have contacted BT and the Welsh Government several times to ask them to link the two rural villages quickly. Due to the slow internet connection the residents of the area are severely disadvantaged.”
At a breakfast meeting organised by Farmers Union of Wales in a Llanfrothen cafe the matter was discussed with Plaid Cymru Assembly Member, Simon Thomas.
Councillor Gareth Thomas who represents the residents on Gwynedd Council said:
“In this day and age having broadband access is fundamental, not only as a personal communication tool, but for businesses in rural areas. Fibre optic broadband is a gateway to business customers and is essential in rural areas for sharing information, bookings, marketing and handling finances.
“Most parts of Gwynedd have already received a superfast broadband connection for some time – it is high time rural villages in Croesor and Rhyd receives the same facility.”
Simon Thomas AM, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Climate Change and Rural Affairs said:
“I enjoyed the opportunity to attend a farm breakfast at Llanfrothen and the discussion with local residents. One issue that came up far too often was the shortfall in the provision of broadband in rural communities.
“I have asked questions regularly to the Welsh Government and BT on behalf of constituents. As an Assembly Member and Shadow Cabinet Member for Rural Affairs, I feel that broadband is vital to ensure a prosperous economy for Wales.
“If we are serious about ensuring a thriving economy in Wales, including our rural areas, we must ensure that all parts of Wales have reliable Broadband connection.”
Councillor Gareth Thomas added:
“I would like to thank the FUW members and its supporters for giving us the opportunity to discuss these important topical rural issues during their annual farm breakfast event.”