High quality broadband for all parts of rural Ireland a right

Fianna Fáil’s Councillor, John Paul Feeley has called for urgent action on the role-out of high quality broadband in all parts of the country.

“The Government’s ultimate aim should be to get fibre optic cables into every home in towns, cities and villages. If every house can have electricity, why can’t they be served by a high speed broadband service?

“People in rural Ireland are being treated as second class citizens. I want the Communications Minister to intervene and cut through European bureaucracy to ensure that people the length and breadth of Ireland get the services they deserve. Funding can be allocated to upgrade of the network through the Rural Development Programme

“It’s vitally important that people living in isolated areas have proper access to high speed broadband so that they can keep in touch with family and friends in an ever increasing technology based. Across the region people trying to do the basic interaction with Government Departments, banks and other agencies as well as staying in touch with friends and family around the world depends on high quality broadband. We presently have a hotch-potch service that in many parts is unreliable. Urgent action is needed so that people are not left behind.’