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Sunday 30 April 2017

Wifi hubs to be rolled out across Rural Ireland

Proposals have been brought for0ward to the committee stage of the European Parliament by Sinn Fein MEP Liadh Ni Riada calling for the creation of Wifi hubs in towns and villages across Europe.

The Ireland South MEP, who is the lead negotiator in the Wifi4EU project, said the initiative would help bring connectivity and investment to rural areas and will benefit 6,000 to 8,000 communities

"This is an important project and I would urge all communities without this type of infrastructure to keep an eye on this scheme and avail of it when it is rolled out, hopefully early this summer," she said.

"It is a very simple but effective idea. It requires a relatively small investment of some €120m, that, if used wisely, will have huge returns for the communities it benefits."

The MEP said "The basic premise is that we equip as many towns and villages as possible with free wireless internet access, centred around the main centres of public life, in that area, by 2020. "It would be focused on area and parks and squares, libraries, health centres, museums or wherever people happen to congregate in a given area."

"I feel it is important that special consideration is given to rural and peripheral areas, particularly those suffering from a lack of internet access. "Proposals like this are the type that were initially envisaged for the EU. A social partnership of countries working together to improve the lives of everyone from Bucharest to Ballyferriter," Ni Riada said.

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