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Colreavy welcomes announcement of broadband mapping project

2 July, 2013 - by Michael Colreavy TD


Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has welcomed Minister Rabbitte’s announcement of the Nationwide Broadband Mapping Project.

Deputy Colreavy said the programme must demand full cooperation from private operators to ensure that every citizen in the country has access to adequate broadband provision.

Deputy Colreavy said:

“It is the duty of this government to ensure that every home in the country has access to broadband speeds of at least 30Mbps.

“Currently Ireland has the lowest level of high-speed broadband in the European Union, and for a country that is aiming to be the best small country in the world in which to do business, this is not acceptable.

“While the private sector plans to rollout broadband to a significant part of the country, there are still many areas which could potentially lose out.

“Therefore, an adequate mapping programme that examines every town and village in the state must be initiated.

“Equality demands that many pockets of the country, in areas such Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal which previously have had limited access to broadband, have access to at least 30Mbps, in common with the rest of the country.

“The mapping programme must demand full cooperation from private operators and they must comply with the Nationwide Broadband Mapping Project to ensure that every citizen in the country has access to adequate broadband provision.”

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