Colreavy calls for broadband black spots to be prioritised
Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has called for black spot areas to be prioritised for broadband rollout.
Speaking following the publication of a national broadband coverage map, Deputy Colreavy said:
“It is essential that areas that have the poorest level of broadband coverage receive priority in the roll out of high speed broadband throughout the country.
“The publication of the broadband map on where the state must intervene is a positive step.
“Quality, high speed, broadband is essential for many facets of modern life.
“In order to develop a sustainable economy, especially in rural areas, access to high speed broadband is needed.
“I welcome that there will be state intervention in the rollout of broadband to areas where commercial operators will not reach.
“The privatisation of Telecom Éireann in the late 1990s was a major blow to the rollout of broadband for the subsequent decade.
“This government must not make the same mistake and ensure that broadband infrastructure built by the state is kept in public ownership.
“I welcome that the Minister will be taking submissions on the broadband map and would encourage interested parties to look at the map on www.broadband.gov.ie”