Communications provider Eircom has been criticised by Arranmore Island Community Council for what has been suggested is a deliberate snub to the island’s community.
The comments come in the wake of news that many telephone exchanges across Donegal are to be upgraded to eFiber broadband.
However, in response to the allegation, Eircom have stated that providing this service to the island is not “comercially viable.”
Arranmore is served with wireless broadband set up under the rural broadband scheme, which has now been wound up, and islanders said their broadband service is at best, extremely intermittent and very slow when it is working.
Spokesman for the island council, Jerry Early, has said Eircom and the government have questions to answer with regards to their commitment to job creation. “Despite Eircom’s claims that they are committed to ensuring everyone has access to superfast broadband, their plans certainly don’t seem to mirror those claims.
“Indeed the government continue to make claims that they are for growth and job creation and yet their lack of commitment, and that of Eircom, is stifling job creation.”
A spokesperson for Eircom told the Democrat. “Eircom has already spent €12m bringing fibre broadband to the county. Arranmore has approximately 200 working lines, which means that bringing fibre broadband to the island is not a commercially viable endeavour. There is a strong demand for high-speed broadband from many other rural communities in a similar position, and the government response through the National Broadband Plan will be key to this provision.”