20 February 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The lack of adequate broadband coverage in some locations, particularly rural parts of the county, was costing Monaghan jobs and impeding economic growth according to views expressed by the members of the Monaghan Municipal District on Monday.

Cathaoirleach Sean Conlon claimed that 10,000 jobs could be created overnight if rural broadband services in the county were literally brought up to speed.

The current national media focus on the need to improve Ireland’s level of broadband services was reflected in a debate engendered by a presentation from Paul Treanor of Monaghan Co Council’s IT section.

Mr Treanor began his outline of the service provision in the county on a positive note, remarking that 82% of households had access to the Internet in Ireland at present. There were also multiple vendors all offering a variety of different products.

However, Mr Treanor added, much of the feedback the IT section was getting on the ground was that infrastructure in the county was not up to scratch, there were rural areas difficulties, the speed of broadband was not what was required and the cost of providing improvements was also a difficulty.

Acknowledging the importance of good broadband for economic and social development, he …

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