More than £62.5 million is to be spent in rural Lancashire to bring high speed broadband to consumers and businesses as part of the Westminster government’s Broadband Development UK (BDUK) scheme. (Details)
BT has agreed to multi-million deal that will bring fibre-optic cables to 97 per cent of Lancashire by 2014. This includes £30millionfrom BT, £10.8million from BDUK, £16.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund. The population of Lancaster is about 1.449 Million so this is equivalent to around £43 per person in the county.
The population of rural Wales is about 3 million so on this basis we might expect the cost of similar scheme to be of the order of £129 Million while Anglesey which has a population of about 70,000 might cost around £3M.
The funding for the Welsh Government’s Broadband Support Scheme (BBSS) is around £2 million for the whole of Wales which suggests that around 66p per person is currently being spent in Wales but £43 per person in England. This makes Anglesey broadband cheaper that a bottle of mineral water!
The Welsh Government has additional broadband role of plans which it is hoped may reduce this spending gap and more importantly provide a faster Broadband service to Anglesey residents.