Fast internet speed 'vital to prosperity'
IT maybe a relatively modern invention, but good broadband is now essential for Welsh prosperity, a new report has said.
The Commons Welsh Affairs Select Committee paper said good broadband connection was essential for businesses, the economy, and addressing social exclusion.
But part of Wales are lagging behind the rest of the UK.
The report calls for the UK and Welsh governments to work closely together to bridge that gap and eradicate broadband "slow spots" and "not spots" as a matter of urgency.
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Chairman of the committee, MP David TC Davies said: "Access to fast internet connection is essential to businesses and the economy in Wales. Broadband will become an increasingly important generator of economic success and a means of addressing social exclusion.
"It is hard to believe, but in mid-2012 there are still some areas of Wales where people have no connection at all. It is impossible to see how businesses or the economy can develop in these areas."