INTOLERABLE! – PRESSURE MOUNTS FOR IMPROVEMENTS IN CO MONAGHAN BROADBAND COVERAGE

26 June 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

PETER HUGHES

Inadequacies in the level of broadband coverage had now reached intolerable levels in Co Monaghan and were forming a major impediment to economic development.

This was the consensus view of the members of Monaghan Co Council on Monday in a debate at their Annual Meeting on a motion tabled by Seamus Coyle.

The Fianna Fáil representative moved: “That Monaghan Co Council condemns totally the Fine Gael/Labour Government’s decision to end the “National Broadband Scheme”, which will result for many in a 75% price hike of €176 per year, for a poor basic broadband service; and calls on the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White TD, all Government Ministers and Government party Oireachtas members to introduce a broadband scheme which will deliver a full and fit for purpose broadband service to all of Co Monaghan and all of the country, particularly the rural areas which currently have a very poor or no broadband service.”“The roll-out of broadband across Ireland is in tatters,” declared Colr Coyle when putting the motion to the meeting. He branded the situation a disgrace to parties of all governments going back to broadband’s introduction. Coverage, he added, was practically non-existent most of the time in the area in which he lived, and it was a service that was vital to small businesses in rural areas.

Colr Coyle said a neighbour had remarked to him that electrification was brought across the country to remote areas in the 1950s with spades and shovels, but in the era of modern technology it didn’t appear possible to do the same with broadband services.

“This is an issue we need to be shouting about,” the FF representative added.

The motion was seconded by Independent councillor Paudge Connolly, who described broadband as an essential tool for every household, particularly to facilitate children studying and doing academic research. He thought it incumbent on the Government to insist to the providers that coverage was extended to all rural areas.

Colr Connolly urged those with complaints about broadband to convey them to ComReg, the commission for communications regulation – they should ring ComReg and tell them that the provider was not supplying an adequate service.

FF’s Pádraig McNally referred to the difficulties posed by poor broadband….

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