Friday 24 November 2017

Adrian Weckler: Driving us online a waste while rural internet so poor

EU research has found that just 8pc of rural Ireland is covered by fast broadband, a fraction of the European average of 25pc
EU research has found that just 8pc of rural Ireland is covered by fast broadband, a fraction of the European average of 25pc
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

'If it wasn't for the library in Tullamore, I'd be in real trouble. It's a lifesaver."

The person talking to me isn't a pensioner looking for magazines and company. It's an established Offaly businessman whose only option for ordering goods or filing official documents is to drive several miles to a public library three times a week.

William Edgill runs Mount Briscoe Organic Farm in Daingean, a village in east Offaly. Broadband in his area, he says, is "non-existent". But business utilities, from banks to the Revenue, now require him to do more and more online by default.

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