Saturday 24 June 2017

Nobody will be left behind in drive to tackle the digital divide

Rolling out fast broadband to rural areas is just as important as the electrification of the country nearly a century ago, writes Denis Naughten

'The reality is there are provincial parts of this country that are significantly behind where they need to be in terms of modern communications infrastructure.'
'The reality is there are provincial parts of this country that are significantly behind where they need to be in terms of modern communications infrastructure.'

Denis Naughten

Brian O'Donohoe's opinion piece in this newspaper last Sunday questioned the need to roll out high-speed broadband to rural Ireland that was capable of meeting the needs of users for 25 years and beyond.

I feel compelled to respond as a rural TD and as Communications Minister. I want to reassure people in rural Ireland that high-speed broadband will be delivered to every premises in Ireland under the National Broadband Plan which I am driving. The plan will be one of the single biggest investments in rural Ireland for generations.

The reality is there are provincial parts of this country that are significantly behind where they need to be in terms of modern communications infrastructure.

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