In a reply to a question submitted to the Minister by Thomas Pringle TD, it was revealed that some parts of the county not get access to high-speed broadband for up to six years.
‘Nearly 50% of the North West Region could be left without high speed broadband for another 6 years. There are 83,935 premises remaining in the North West Region including Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim, that will be targeted for state intervention.
“But that won’t begin until late 2016 which will be drawn out over 3-5 years meaning some areas won’t see high speed broadband until 2021!’ explains Pringle.
He added that this is a big problem for rural communities, small businesses and for job creation in rural areas.
“So I am calling on the Minister to ensure that marginalised areas like Donegal are the first to benefit from the roll-out. Too often we have seen Donegal tagged out at the end of national roll-outs and this trend should be reversed with the Rural Broadband Scheme’ concludes Pringle.Tags: