‘Rural areas not benefitting from broadband funding’ – Boylan

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Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
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Newry and Armagh MLA, Cathal Boylan, is calling on the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment to revise her Department’s current strategy in relation to Broadband provision in rural areas. Speaking to Newry Times, Boylan stated, “The Minister has released dedicated funds for broadband with great fanfare in the past, but there is a real concern that the only beneficiaries are major towns and cities, especially Belfast. Rural businesses and residents are continuing to suffer poor quality connections and speed. Expensive satellite connections are not the answer to this problem.” “As we move into the new school year we will once again find rural school children having to travel to homes of family members or public places to access proper broadband to enable them to do their course work, this is unacceptable in 2012.” The Sinn Fein Assembly member continued; “The issue of black spots in rural areas, especially around the border corridors of Counties Armagh, Tyrone and Fermanagh, where no provision is available needs to be addressed. I would call on Minister Foster to engage with her counterpart in Dublin to develop a joined up proper strategy for the border areas which could include Louth, Monaghan and Donegal which will benefit all in the border areas.” He added, “A proper and quality service has been promised time and time again, it is now time to deliver on these promises.”
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