Local community asked to help boost broadband

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Thursday, December 13th, 2018

The Department for the Economy is asking broadband suppliers and members of the public to help ensure they have correctly identified all those postcodes that contain premises currently unable to access 30 megabits per second (Mbps) broadband services.

People are asked to check the lists published online at www.nidirect.gov.uk/broadband-improvement or visit their local council offices where hard copies are available.



Speaking to Newry Times, Noel Lavery, Permanent Secretary, said, “I would encourage people to review these lists to ensure that we have identified those postcodes where broadband services of at least 30 Mbps are not available.



“If you believe the information relating to your postcode is incorrect then please contact us as soon as possible.

“This is an important and necessary step in preparing the ground work that could see an investment of up to £200 million of public money in telecoms infrastructure in Northern Ireland, primarily in rural areas.

“There has been significant investment in telecoms infrastructure across Northern Ireland, but there are still areas, particularly rural, where difficulties remain.



“This exercise aims to identify those areas so that we can ensure funding is targeted appropriately,” he added.

For further information on the public consultation Extending Broadband across Northern Ireland – Project Stratum visit: www.economy-ni.gov.uk/project-stratum

People can contact the Department via email at stratum@economy-ni.gov.uk

Alternatively, you can call 028 9052 9352 and leave details of your address and landline telephone number.



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