Four rural areas of Wales that are currently broadband 'not-spots' will be given faster net access this summer.

The Welsh Assembly Government is working with BT to give Beulah and Ystrad Meurig in Ceredigion and Cil-y-Cwm and Llanfynydd in Carmarthenshire broadband access.

The initiative is part of the Regional Innovative Broadband Support Scheme (RIBS), which has so far given 8,500 homes and businesses in Wales broadband connections. 

Last year, Reynalton and Saundersfoot in Pembrokeshire, Llanpumsaint and Bronwydd Arms in Carmarthenshire, Cilcennin in Ceredigion and Gwytherin in Conwy, were given faster internet access under the scheme.

'Not-spots' are areas of the country that are usually too far away from a telephone exchange to get a strong broadband signal.

"Access to the digital world is crucial in a modern global economy and we cannot afford to leave anybody behind," said Economy and Transport Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones.

"This is why we have committed to finding ways for the relatively few areas in Wales that remain unable to access broadband."

See also: Rural group campaigns for 2Mbps broadband in the countryside