Ulster Unionist Party discuss Newry broadband coverage

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Thursday, January 5th, 2017
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broadband5Broadband coverage in the Newry & Armagh constituency has been prominent on the agenda for the Ulster Unionist Party this week. Discussions were held between Party representatives and senior officials from the Department for the Economy on the issue. It was also the subject of scrutiny by Assembly member Danny Kennedy during Question Time with the Economy Minister. Danny Kennedy commented, “The Ulster Unionist Party in Newry & Armagh considers the improvement of the local broadband network to be a key priority for the Constituency. Article continues below: 2nd-dec-2016-big-box“Both I and my Party Colleague Councillor David Taylor met with senior officials from the Department for the Economy this week to highlight our concerns that some areas of Newry & Armagh continue to receive limited access to broadband provision. “We took the opportunity to outline to Departmental officials that the lack of connectivity to broadband in rural areas of the Constituency was of particular concern and that detailed attention should be given to investing in the network locally.
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30th-nov-2016-small-boxHe continued, “I also raised the issue this week during the Economy Minister’s Question Time. I asked Mr Hamilton to state the level of commitment required to provide an adequate and effective system of broadband in Newry and Armagh and to indicate how much money has been earmarked for that in the immediate future. “Local communities and businesses depend more than ever on having better quality access to broadband provision and as such the Ulster Unionist Party remains committed to pressing for maximum investment in the network in the Newry & Armagh constituency. Kennedy added, “We will continue to take every opportunity possible to achieve early progress on this issue.”

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