Sinn Fein host public broadband meeting

Declan McAteer Posted by
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Sunday, February 12th, 2012
Community

Newry & Armagh MLA Conor Murphy hosted a public meeting on the issue of rural broadband access across South Armagh in Ti Chulainn Mullaghban on Thursday 9th February.

This meeting, which was attended by over 80 members of the public, gave people the opportunity to listen to presentations from three broadband providers and to ask questions regarding their own individual circumstances.

Conor Murphy explained the reasons for convening such a meeting saying, “This is something which Sinn Féin representatives across South Armagh have been working on for a number of months. The reason we hosted this meeting is that the issue was raised time and time again by local people to Sinn Féin members in the run up to the Assembly and local elections last May.”

“We quickly became aware that there were certain ‘pockets’ of south Armagh which simply did not have adequate Internet access due both to their distance from BT infrastructure and the positioning of houses in hilly areas.”

“This is a major issue for those rural businesses who need high speed internet to operate and also for those studying for school or college. In addition gamers and those who wish to avail of next generation home entertainment are unable to do so due to poor connectivity.”

Conor Murphy MLA and councillors Colman Burns and Jimmy McCreesh with Scott McClelland, North West Electronics, Dominic Kerins, Onwave and John Gartlan, Net1

“Since last year we have been liaising with the companies which are here tonight, Net1, Onwave and North West Electronics and communicating with the public to arrange this information session. These businesses have come to south Armagh this evening to explain what products and services they can offer and to take questions from the public.”

“I have learned a lot tonight about both satellite and wireless broadband as I hope those who came along have done. This has been a successful Sinn Féin initiative so far and it is now up to the service providers to work with individuals to try to meet their needs.”

For those who couldn’t make this meeting, Sinn Féin are also hosting a public meeting on Broadband in Derrynoose Community Centre on Thursday 16th February at 7.30pm


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