Second public meeting on broadband issues across south Armagh to be held

Declan McAteer Posted by
declan@newrytimes.com
Saturday, February 4th, 2012
Community

Following a number of queries from constituents across South Armagh Sinn Féin is now holding a public meeting to explore and address the lack of Rural Broadband in this area.

The meeting will take place in Ti Chulainn Centre, Mullaghban on Thursday 9th February at 7.30pm and is the second public meeting from Sinn Fein about Armagh broadband to take place in February, as Newry Times reported that another meeting is to be held at St Mochua’s Primary School in Derrynoose on Thursday 16th.

Speaking on the issue Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy said that it was not acceptable that people living in this area had to suffer sub standard Internet access, “We have long known about difficulties accessing broadband in pockets of South Armagh and the elections last year brought the issue to our attention once again as many people voiced their concerns on the doorsteps.”

He continued, “Instead of paying lip service to people we are trying to come up with real solutions and so we have arranged for two different companies to attend this meeting to give their expert views on what speeds Internet users here can realistically expect and how to get the best service for them.”

“The problem in rural areas is that homes and rural businesses are located too far from the nearest telephone exchange. This prevents the possibility of using a line based broadband service and so we therefore have invited North West Electronics which provides a wireless service and Onwave which deals in satellite broadband to this public meeting.”

Mr Murphy urged those experiencing problems with Internet access to attend this meeting and hopefully find a solution to their problems, “I would encourage as many people as possible to come along on Thursday night so that we can put all of the problems experienced locally to these providers and hopefully we can find some cost effective solutions.”


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