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Sunday 4 December 2016

Bad broadband forcing workers to move to cities

Study finds areas unable to open emails

Published 15/11/2016 | 02:30

One-in-three Irish people said they might have to relocate to a nearby town or city for work reasons if connectivity remains poor.
One-in-three Irish people said they might have to relocate to a nearby town or city for work reasons if connectivity remains poor.

Growing numbers of workers say they will have to move to large towns and cities because of bad broadband.

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The finding comes as two surveys say large parts of the country are at breaking point with unusable connections. Some areas are even struggling with speeds so slow that people cannot open emails or do basic internet searches.

One-in-three Irish people said they might have to relocate to a nearby town or city for work reasons if connectivity remains poor.

A third of the almost 27,000 tests carried out for the Switcher.ie websites showed download speeds too poor to perform most online tasks in a typical household or small business.

The worst area in Ireland is Legan in Longford, which has an average download speed 36 times slower than parts of Dublin. And a Vodafone survey found seven out of 10 firms are hampered by poor broadband. The roll-out of rural broadband won't be finished until 2023.

Meanwhile, a conference today will hear how businesses will have to pay for data protection services due to new EU regulations. Dublin InfoSec 2016 takes place at the RDS.

Irish Independent

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