‘Future broadband investment must prioritise rural areas’ – Fearon

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Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Newry and Armagh Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has said that future broadband investment must prioritise rural areas.

The South Armagh MLA made her comments following the recent Broadband Report launch at Stormont.



Speaking to Newry Times, she said, “Rural areas are disadvantaged in terms of access to high speed broadband.

“As a result SMEs have had to relocate their business or halt investment.

“Because of poor broadband many people in rural communities can’t work or study from home and can’t access basic public services or shop online.”



The MLA added, “Sinn Féin have been consistently calling for this inequality to be addressed and for future investment to prioritise rural areas.

“This report helps this call as it makes a strong social, economic and environmental case for investment in rural communities.

“We will continue to engage with BT and OFCOM on a regular basis to keep this issue live.”



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