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Doherty welcomes Rural Broadband Scheme announcement

21 April, 2011 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has welcomed confirmation from the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte that he will formally launch a Rural Broadband Scheme in the next number of weeks.

Deputy Doherty said this will be welcomed by many communities across Donegal who were not included in the previous National Broadband Scheme and are without a basic broadband service.

Deputy Doherty said:

“I welcome the response by the Minister that he is to formally launch a new rural broadband scheme in the next couple of weeks.

“This will be welcomed by many communities across Donegal who were not included in the previous National Broadband Scheme and are without a basic broadband service.

“Many areas in the state, particularly in my own home county Donegal are still to this day without any broadband connectivity. Such facilities are vital to the creation and retention of jobs and to enhancing the quality of life in rural areas. The previous National Broadband Scheme was flawed in that it didn’t include large areas due to the terms of reference of that scheme.

“This new rural broadband scheme will complete the job of providing a basic broadband service to all housed in the state.

“The roll out of the scheme is to be completed by the end of 2012 and while this is to be welcomed it is unacceptable in the 21st Century that communities have had to wait for so long for such a basic service. I would urge the Government to fast-track this scheme as much as possible.” ENDS

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