Sinn Féin MLA Bronwyn McGahan has called on farmers and rural businesses to sign up to Broadband Enabling Technology, which could provide speeds of up to 2Mbps.
Ms. McGahan said,
“At present there is no high speed broadband in rural areas and while it is imperative that we continue to campaign to have it implemented I welcome the latest initiative from BT.
“Using Broadband Enabling Technology (BET) BT may be able to provide a broadband service of 2Mbps over their existing line for farmers or other registered businesses.
“While these speeds are not as fast as high end speeds currently experienced elsewhere they do offer a broadband service to areas where none currently exist.
“I would urge farmers and rural businesses to check out if they are eligible to access the service by completing the eligibility form on www.fasterbroadbandni.com/faq-builder.php.
“I have also contacted BT and asked them to provide an alternative application method as many people looking to apply don’t have Internet to download the application.
“This stopgap cannot be a substitute for proper high speed broadband that rural communities deserve and Sinn Féin will continue to work until these communities get equality in infrastructure to attract inward investment and give householders the same access to the Internet as everyone else.”