Grants available for fast broadband in rural Wales

Broadband grants available in Wales

One of the first questions we are often asked when someone views a home or business premises in Mid Wales is "does it have broadband."

Superfast CymruThe ability to connect to the internet for home and business use is often one of the key criteria on a buyer's wish list.

As BT and the Welsh Government role out superfast broadband in many parts of Powys, Ceredigion and Gwynedd as part of Superfast Cymru, some areas of rural Wales will still be unable to tap into the high speed fibre network.

But this doesn't mean they cannot access high speed broadband.

A scheme operated by the Welsh Government called Access Broadband Cymru is allowing homeowners in some of the most isolated parts of Mid Wales to access fast broadband.

How? Well there are many companies out there providing broadband through a range of methods that do not need a telephone line like conventional broadband.

They use wireless and satellite technology.

But surely this costs a lot? Well it can do, but under the Welsh Government's Access Broadband Cymru scheme, residents and businesses can apply for a grant up to £900 of the cost of installing such technology, which can often cover 90 per cent of the cost.

Anyone applying must meet certain criteria at the property they are applying for. The main one is a consistent broadband speed under 2Mbps or none at all.

We have dealt with clients selling homes with wireless and satellite broadband technology, with speeds of up to 25Mbps in some cases - even faster than many get in town centres.

So if you've spotted that idyllic home in Mid Wales but it lacks the speed you want for broadband or to do business, why not consider Access Broadband Cymru?

More details can be found at www.wales.gov/broadband

Menawhile, we understand superfast broadband will be available in Newtown and Welshpool over the coming months as part of the Welsh Government and BT's Superfast Cymru scheme. Most homes and businesses in the two communities should be able to access high speed fibre broadband by the end of the year, with some already connected.

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