Minister challenged over rural broadband provision

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Friday, September 16th, 2016
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Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan challenged Economy Minister Simon Hamilton on broadband provision in rural areas in the Assembly. broadband2The Armagh representative told the Minister that while he acknowledged some areas of his constituency had received broadband connections many more had not. “Does the Minister recognise that, despite all the work that has been done and all the cabinets that have been upgraded, large swathes of rural Armagh and south Armagh have not been facilitated,” he said. “Will the Minister not now consider not only upgrading the cabinets and putting in new cabinets, which we know will happen in 2017 after this programme, but putting fibre-optic into premises, which is the only answer in some cases?
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September 2016He added, “I appreciate that there are areas that will require satellite broadband, but will the Minister consider putting fibre-optic into premises, especially businesses?”

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