Lack of proper broadband coverage affecting households and businesses

Today we live in a technology-based world, or do we? Broadband is seen as a basic human necessity in today’s society, but in spite of this many Longford people continue to live with sub-standard broadband connections.

Today we live in a technology-based world, or do we? Broadband is seen as a basic human necessity in today’s society, but in spite of this many Longford people continue to live with sub-standard broadband connections.

Darren Maile (Tagshinny) told the Leader of his frustration with the National Broadband Scheme (NBS). Darren, and his wife Jessica, live close to the Colehill exchange, one of seven exchanges that have not been DSL broadband enabled.

“If I was upset with the NBS before, well now I’m livid. Without telling me, they have removed the free allowance from 11pm-7am. In the past we waited until after 11pm to either update our computers or download large items (pdfs and pictures).

“Now you will get charged at a 50 percent rate for any downloads from midnight to 8am. This now makes the NBS worse than it was before. If you exceed your 11GB allowance you can no longer use your broadband whatever the time is. I would like to see how this will impact business users,” said Darren.

Darren was offered satellite broadband for the same cost as NBS as the latter wasn’t strong in their area. However, since beginning his contract with 3 Ireland, the company who manage the NBS roll-out, Darren has been infuriated by inexplicable usage on his account. The company has advised him that usuage reports will be available in the near future.

The Longford Leader issued a notice on Facebook asking for the public’s experience of broadband across the county. The following is some of the feedback:

Marie Reilly, who lives near Edgeworthstown, has no internet in her home. Her argument is why should she pay for a “crap connection”? “Pain havin no internet, esp with kids n house!” she wrote.

In Longford town, the connection was described as “useless”, “not working” and “poor”, while in Ardagh the service was cited as “not great”. Others found their connections were “acting up” and that the speed was not strong enough to support basic internet functions.