Ritchie calls for reinstatement of High Speed Broadband fund

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Monday, November 16th, 2015
SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie called for the British Government to reinstate a fund used to connect businesses to super fast broadband. broadband2Ritchie’s call follows an announcement from the British Government that faster internet is to become a legal right. She said, “High speed internet is no longer a luxury commodity for businesses. It’s a necessity and nowhere is this more true than across the North where rural businesses struggle to keep up with their rivals because of the digital infrastructure deficit. “Despite the British Government announcing that fast internet is to become a legal right, the Department of Culture Media and Sport has already indicated that money allocates to the Super Highway Broadband Voucher has run out. “There’s an urgent need for this scheme to be reinstated, for the government to ensure that each home has its own fibre link and that high quality digital connectivity is available throughout Northern Ireland to support economic growth. Ritchie added, “I will be raising this matter in Parliament in the week ahead and working with my party colleagues in the Assembly to ensure that support for digital infrastructure growth in Northern Ireland is in place and aiding local business.”
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