To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:
1. Regrets that the previous Welsh Government failed to deliver on its ambition in the 2011 programme for government that all residential premises and all businesses in Wales would have access to next generation broadband by 2015.
2. Recognises that Wales has the highest average of people who do not use the internet in Britain and calls on the Welsh Government to do more to promote digital literacy and set a more ambitious target for broadband exploitation.
3. Calls on the Welsh Government to:
(a) work with Ofcom, the UK Government and network operators, to deliver universal access to high speed broadband and mobile coverage;
(b) reform the planning system to promote telecoms infrastructure investment and network deployment;
(c) reflect on the progress made by the Scottish Government through its mobile action plan and bring forward a plan to deliver next generation mobile coverage in areas of market failure; and
(d) provide a timescale for its commitment to procure a contract to extend superfast broadband access to every property in Wales.
Business type: Debate
Reason considered: Assembly Business;
First published: 03/11/2016
Decision due: 2 Nov 2016 by Plenary
Lead member: Paul Davies AM