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Seven ways in which the internet has transformed Bridgend County Borough

27 March 2017

A superfast broadband network is being rolled out across Wales as part of the Welsh Government’s Superfast Cymru project. But what could it mean for the residents of Bridgend County Borough?

The majority of Bridgend already has superfast broadband but just how much has the internet changed the local area? Here are seven ways it has transformed the community:

1. Bridgend Council launched its YouTube channel
It’s been a year since Bridgend County Borough Council branched into YouTube and on the channel you can find short films. From behind-the-scenes footage of GCSE and A level results days and community sport events like OlympAge which helps people with disabilities be more active, the council likes to show the local community what’s going on. Visit the council's YouTube page here.

2. Checking-in at Coity Castle  
The Norman castle has reached 3,297 check-ins from tourists on Facebook. Visitors from Wales and beyond regularly share photos and reviews of their trips to the 12th century castle ruins built by one of the legendary Twelve Knights of Glamorgan. Visit Coity Castle's Facebook page here.

3. Fans can keep an eye on Bridgend Ravens scores from home
Thanks to a live twitter feed, fans of Bridgend’s rugby club can keep up to date with all the tries and scores of live games from the comfort of their own home. Fans don’t need to worry if they can’t make the match, the thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook can also watch the best highlight clips online after the match. Follow their twitter page here and their facebook page here.

4. Bridge FM keeping everyone up to date
Bridge FM radio loves to use social media to help everyone keep track of all the local news, traffic and weather. People can catch up on their live broadcasts and blogs through the website or check out behind-the-scenes footage and some more of the quirky news on Facebook and Twitter. Visit their website here.

5. Star-gazing with Bridgend Astronomical Society
The club’s website not only shows off some wonderful pictures of the night sky but organises its events which include talks with guest speakers and observation sessions to learn more about the night sky. The website posts regular newsletters and useful links for keen astronomers as well as keeping everyone informed of the latest astronomical news through Twitter. Visit their website here.

6. Community bonding through the Good News group
Wanting to bring back the community spirit, Bridgend residents created a Facebook page for locals to share ‘Feel Good’ news from far and wide. Now well established with over 960 members, people regularly share happy news stories or local events and groups for people to get involved in. Visit the page here.

7. Bridgend Town CC generates new followers
With nearly 2,000 followers on Twitter, the club which was founded in 1840 has a solid social media presence. Keeping fans and locals up to date with local and national cricket news, Bridgend Town is heavily involved in the community with groups and fans of all ages. Visit the Bridgend Town CC facebook page here.

Superfast broadband has been made available to the majority of Bridgend County Borough thanks to a mixture of roll-out of the technology by the private sector and Superfast Cymru.

A partnership between the Welsh Government, BT, UK Government and the European Regional Development Fund, it’s bringing faster broadband to areas which would not otherwise receive it. With Superfast Cymru now 89 per cent complete in Bridgend, most homes and businesses are able to access superfast broadband.

To find out more about superfast broadband, including information about availability in your area visit the Welsh Government’s dedicated website: www.gov.wales/broadband

Campaign organisers will be working with libraries, schools and community centres in Bridgend and attending Maesteg Market on Friday 31 March.

The website also includes information for those not yet able to receive superfast broadband, as support may be available through the Welsh Government’s ‘Access Broadband Cymru’ scheme.

Last Updated: 28/03/2017
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