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25th May 2020
Source: GBFM News
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway Minister is calling for the urgent completion of the National Broadband plan to fully connect the country.
Minister for Digital Development and Galway East TD Sean Canney made the call at a recent EU conference on telecommunications and digital sector video.
Minister Canney informed the meeting that the Irish Government has taken a number of steps to ensure mobile and broadband customers stay connected during the ongoing pandemic.
These include, relaxing mobile data caps for households with no broadband connection, extra educational and health web resources and ensuring customers who have lost their jobs due to pandemic don’t get disconnected.
Minister Canney also spoke of the need for state aid rules on state investment to be revised to help the country reach full connectivity.
He says the Covid crisis has reinforced the need for strong broadband connectivity nationwide.
The ComReg survey – which was conducted by Behaviour and Attitudes – shows that 77% of broadband users have seen an increase in the usage of their home broadband service since Covid-19 restrictions were introduced. This figure has increased from 61% in April 2020 when the survey was last conducted, highlighting the growing reliance on home broadband services.READ MORE
In Wexford, there are 22,175 premises in the Intervention Area (IA), which includes homes, farms, commercial businesses and schools. This equates tp 27 per cent on all premises in the country.READ MORE
In Carlow, the first areas being surveyed include Downings, Ballymurphy, Coppenagh, Killerig, Friarstown, Slaneyquarter and Kilmagarvoge. Others will include Nurney, Agha, Old Leighlin, Clogrennane and Kellistown.READ MORE