CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council is to insist on a priority programme of work to address broadband connectivity issues in the county, especially in Carmarthen East and Dinefwr – an area ranked the fifth slowest in the UK to receive a superfast broadband connection.

Cllr Andrew James, member for Llangadog, raised the issue at Full Council saying that the council needed more assurance from BT that it will rectify the ‘major problem’ caused by poor broadband connections in the area.

Cllr Mair Stephens, deputy leader of the council, agreed that it was an important issue, and said she would write to Edward Hunt, the Next Generation Access Director of Wales who responsible for the roll-out of superfast broadband, to insist on a priority programme of work to address connectivity issues.

“In total some 14,000 properties in the Carmarthen East and Dinefwr area have inadequate broadband speeds which is totally unacceptable,” said Cllr Stephens.

“It places our rural communities at a significant disadvantage and hinders the ability of rural business to compete in a global economy, our residents to access essential services online and of course our ability as councillors to perform our public duties.”

To watch the full debate and access the agenda documents about this discussion at Full Council, visit the council and democracy section of the council’s website –

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