Plans by British Telecom to target Swansea as one of the first areas of the UK to benefit from ‘ultrafast’ broadband speeds of up to 500 Megabytes per second has been welcomed by a regional Assembly Member, but he has criticised the company for pursuing innovation at the expense of the basic service for local people.
The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black wants BT to concentrate on delivering superfast broadband to those areas that they have promised this service instead of embarking on new headline grabbing projects..
Mr Black said: “Areas such as Birchgrove, Skewen and Jersey Marine still haven’t got the superfast broadband that they were promised last year, with no sign of installation anytime soon. For BT to be trumpeting faster speeds in the 83% of the wider Swansea area that they have already installed is frankly insulting for residents in these unconnected areas.
“Many constituents tell me that they have signed up to contracts with internet providers on the strength of the promises made by BT to install the superfast broadband by a certain date. They have now been left with expensive contracts that they are not getting the full benefit from.
“In my view BT should be focusing on one job at a time in order to fulfil promises to unconnected residents before starting new projects.”