IFA calls for greater spread of rural broadband

The benefits of broadband must be extended to rural Ireland without delay, said IFA director of organisation James Kelly at the launch of a pilot fibre broadband programme in Belcarra, Mayo.

The IFA said the Eircom Wholesale pilot in Belcarra shows the positive effects and potential that are achievable for farm families and businesses, but it also highlights how restricted broadband access is hampering rural adoption of new technology and innovation.

Mr Kelly said: “The National Broadband Plan is a welcome commitment from government and the high level of industry interest is encouraging. The Government must begin the tendering process and deliver a high-speed, future-proofed solution to rural homes, farms and businesses.”


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