Deadline for Rural Broadband Scheme looms

Applications for the Rural Broadband Scheme will no longer be taken following Friday July 29 next. Irish Rural Link (IRL) is advising people throughout rural Longford to make their application for the scheme prior to this date.

Applications for the Rural Broadband Scheme will no longer be taken following Friday July 29 next. Irish Rural Link (IRL) is advising people throughout rural Longford to make their application for the scheme prior to this date.

The Rural Broadband Scheme applies to households and premises which are outside of the regions covered by the National Broadband Scheme. Only those who cannot be served by private internet providers will be accepted.

Seamus Boland, chief executive of Irish Rural Link, is calling on people to spread the word as widely as possible to ensure that those living in remote areas with no access to broadband have the opportunity to become connected.

IRL has been promoting awareness of the scheme through its national network of rural organisations and community groups.

The scheme, which opened on May 9 2011, is operated by the Department of Communications. It is due to be completed by the end of 2012.

Helen Dunne, policy and communications officer with IRL, said during their awareness campaign, IRLhad received consistent inquiries from people living in remote areas who had a very weak or slow connection. Unfortunately, she said, there was no support for such complaints under the scheme, as it covered only those who have no connection whatsoever.