Broadband ‘Not-Spots’ to be identified

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Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
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Sinn Féin Slieve Gullion Councillor Colman Burns has blasted the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for the decision to launch a consultation into poor broadband coverage online.

Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Burns said;

“While I welcome any attempt to address the shockingly poor rural access to broadband in South Armagh I find it laughable that DETI have decided that the best way to communicate with those affected is online.

“I think that DETI need to liaise with local councils, elected representatives and community groups to assist them in this exercise as the very people they are aiming the consultation at are unlikely to be able to see it.

He continued, “For those who can see the DETI website, www.detini.gov.uk there is a list of postcodes where broadband access is restricted. If you believe your postcode should be included in this list then you need to contact DETI on 028 9052 9308.

“Alternatively if anyone wishes to contact me on 02830 861697, with their postcode, I can check DETI’s list on their behalf.”

Councillor Burns concluded by informing people that the public consultation runs until 12th October so any submissions must be made before that date.


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