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Colreavy: Report highlights Ireland’s broadband failings

11 December, 2012 - by Michael Colreavy TD

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on communications, energy and natural resources has welcomed the release today of an EU study into broadband coverage. The study highlights that Ireland is significantly lagging in access to superfast broadband, especially in rural areas.

Speaking on the issue, Deputy Colreavy said:
“Currently only 36% of Irish homes have access to superfast broadband. All other EU member states have over 50% superfast broadband access. While 97% of the population have access to basic broadband, we are significantly behind other EU states in superfast broadband access. The EU has set a date of 2020 for 100% superfast broadband coverage. If the government is serious about job creation and development of rural areas, it must afford substantial time and investment to reach this target.

“Sinn Féin’s Jobs Plan document, released earlier this year, outlined a need for a €2.5billion investment in superfast broadband. The Jobs Plan argued that existing state enterprises such as the ESB, Bord Gáis and Coillte could be used to develop Ireland’s superfast broadband access. The extension of broadband access would not just benefit homes, but would also attract investment to rural areas.” ENDS

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