A Donegal TD has slated the recent announcement in relation to rural broadband saying that we have had too many announcements and not enough action.
Deputy Thomas Pringle told the Democrat, “This is the second announcement in seven months. A number of years ago the Western Development Commission issued a report stating that up on 20,000 jobs could be created in the creative industry through enhanced internet services. Regrettably without high speed broadband, it is yet another missed opportunity.”
He added, “While the government says the telecoms industry intends to invest in delivering high-speed broadband access to 1.6 million homes and businesses by the end of 2016, there are another 600,000 homes and 100,000 businesses in rural Ireland that will require direct State intervention to provide high-speed broadband access – we don’t even have a timeline.
“I have most recently seen the impact lack of lack of broadband on Arranmore and the lost job opportunities there. “The people of rural Ireland are again being left behind - we need action, not maps,”