By Albert Owen MP
22nd August 2016
Getting Anglesey Connected remains a priority of mine and since my election I have promoted the Island as a place to live, work and visit. Local residents, workers and visitors require 21st century services and facilities, which require 21st century infrastructure.
Transport is vital and I have long campaigned for a more integrated system to and from Anglesey, and will continue to do so. I will return to transport improvements in coming weeks.
Today we live in the digital age, however, many residents locally and nationally feel left out as we find it impossible to get minimum download speeds or even an adequate mobile signal.
In Parliament I have led the campaign for a universal service across the UK, in principal we have won this argument after much resistance from the Tory government. Indeed, I have suggested that the Isle of Anglesey would be an ideal pilot project. It has urban and rural areas, a coastline, and has a major port on the periphery.
I have put the case forward and will continue to do so, the Digital Economy Bill offers to put minimum provisions into law. It creates a legal right to minimum internet download speeds for customers and providers to provide compensation to customers if these requirements are not met. I believe that internet and mobile communication is a basic utility in today’s digital age and it needs to be put into law.
This Bill offers this, and we are moving towards it. Nevertheless this will take a few years (by 2020) and we must push for basic connections NOW, which is why I am working with individuals, businesses and other politicians at all levels to put pressure on local, Welsh and UK government to roll out the necessary infrastructure to get the Island connected. There have been improvements, but too many areas are being ignored. We have the technology, however it’s the financial case that’s always hard to make and that is why it is the best way forward to make it a legal right.
Communities on Anglesey have so much to offer locals and visitors alike. Let’s tell everyone that Anglesey is a modern destination, as well as a naturally beautiful place full of heritage.