Darragh McCullough: Rural Ireland needs broadband NOW - not in five or 10 years' time
I have always maintained that living a mere 40km from O'Connell Street has been a massive benefit.
I'm convinced that I would never have been able to get the start I did in media were it not for my ability to jump in a jeep and be in a studio or editorial meeting in Dublin city centre within 40 minutes.
The proximity to the capital always ensured rapid access to key national infrastructure, be it motorways, trains, buses, airports, natural gas networks, etc. In fact many of them go straight through the farm.
So when I learned that high-speed fibre-optic cable was being laid along the road outside my front gate, I just assumed that it would only be a matter of time before I'd get my slice of the terabyte highway.
That was nearly a decade ago. In the meantime we've been making do with the same dongles that rural households all over Ireland depend on.
They're a stop-gap measure, with signal coming and going depending on the time of day, day of the week, or time of the year.
And while they have a relatively cheap monthly rate for a fixed amount of data, once you go over that limit you are screwed for every single megabyte.
I tried to side-step this by signing up for more dongles, which then creates its own pantomime of having to change dongles every week and various post-its and calendar notes to flag which one is next on the rota.