CONNOLLY CALLS ON HOMEOWNERS TO REGISTER FOR RURAL BROADBAND SCHEME

22 July 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan Co Councillor Paudge Connolly has called on all homeowners who have no broadband coverage to avail of the opportunity to register with the Dept of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources for the Rural Broadband Scheme.
The scheme closes on July 29 – for those people applying through the Monaghan Co Council for inclusion, July 22 is the stipulated date.
The scheme will apply to all areas where there is no broadband coverage. The Dept will use the information supplied to map the areas with no coverage and negotiate with the different broadband suppliers to provide coverage in these areas.
Colr Connolly pointed out that for those joining the scheme, the Dept will then subsidise part of the ongoing cost of providing broadband to those people who have registered.
Stressing how important it was for submissions to be made in advance of the pending closing dates, the North Monaghan public representative said that broadband suppliers were more interested in cherry picking the more profitable highly populated areas and had little interest in providing broadband services to the rural and less densely populated areas.
He pointed out that the Dept could be contacted directly at 1850 678 100 before July 29, and Monaghan Co Council (Kim) at 047 30500 before July 22.
On the subject of poor broadband coverage, the Independent representative said that, “Householders who receive poor broadband coverage should register a formal complaint with their service provider.
“if your service provider fails to take action on foot of your complaint, the matter should then be referred to COMREG, the Commission for Communications Regulator.
“It is of the utmost importance that people register their dissatisfaction with their service providers – otherwise the providers would presume that everything is ok and there is no need to improve coverage.”

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