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Rural broadband

The news that Newry Mourne and Down Council has granted planning approval for infrastructure to improve rural broadband access has been welcomed by SDLP South Down MLA Karen McKevitt. 50 new broadband cabinets will be installed across the council area with particular focus around Kilkeel, Downpatrick and South Armagh. “This announcement makes very welcome news for businesses and residents alike,” said the MLA. “The issue of internet connection has been a growing concern among people living in rural communities with regular complaints centering around slow internet speeds. Increasingly there is a perception among those living in a rural setting that they are getting left behind. “It is unreasonable to expect economic growth if this failing is not remedied. Businesses will be turned off from investing if we are unable to guarantee an effective broadband infrastructure, a fundamental prerequisite for almost any business model,” she continued. “While it may have been a luxury in years past the simple reality is that efficient internet speeds have become a necessity today particularly for businesses if they are to flourish. This decision shows a commitment to connectivity and I hope it acts as a statement of intent for action in the near future,” she added.


Newry Democrat

4th August 2015