MP for Mid-Ulster Francie Molloy, has highlighted the frustrations of the rural communities of Derrytresk, Derryloughan and Brocagh in regards to the poor provision of Broadband services.
Mr Molloy said, “Local residents have voiced the difficulties they have been experiencing with the poor service. It impacts on both homes and businesses in the area.”
“Children are finding it affects homework with many subjects now requiring further research and study at home. This is virtually impossible with a slow or non-existent connection.”
“A number of local businesses are also experiencing problems, being unable to respond to customer demands, provide a proper service and general delays in the length of time it takes to access the internet.”
“I am aware that over the past few years there has been much investment into broadband by both DETI and through the Agriculture Minister, Michelle O’Neill MLA. However, gaps in service cover clearly remain.”
“I will be raising this issue directly with Arlene Foster MLA through DETI who have primary responsibility for this matter. In addition I will speak with Minister O’Neill to discuss what potential there is for further investment to target the isolated rural communities.”
The Mid Ulster MP continued, “In the meantime Sinn Féin representatives will be liaising with the local community to gauge the extent of this specific problem and how it is impacting on both businesses and homes.”