Ronan Price: In the hi-tech age, this service is vital
THERE was a national outcry last night when a government minister warned that rural parts of Ireland would be restricted to using only enough electricity to power three lightbulbs and a kettle.
The minister said: "Our hands are tied, we have no money to fund anything other than basic services in the sticks -- sure, what would they want with more power anyway? They'd only use it to watch videos of cats falling over on YouTube."
Substitute the word "electricity" for "broadband" and you get an idea of what rural Ireland must feel when it comes to this generation's essential service: internet access.