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Doherty welcomes launch of Rural Broadband Scheme

9 May, 2011 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has today welcomed the launch of a Rural Broadband Scheme by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte.

Deputy Doherty said many communities across Donegal who were not included in the previous National Broadband Scheme and are without a basic broadband service will welcome today’s announcement.

Deputy Doherty said:

“I welcome today’s announcement of a new rural broadband scheme by Minister Rabbitte.

“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, particularly in Donegal are still without any broadband connectivity to this very day.

“Broadband 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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