Broadband not spot! Minister must address connectivity in ‘significantly deprived’ Longford

Alan Walsh

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Alan Walsh

Broadband not spot! Minister must address connectivity in ‘significantly deprived’ Longford

Reacting to the report that Longford has the slowest average broadband speed and that Legan is the slowest area in the country, Longford/Westmeath Labour TD Willie Penrose said the matter needs to be addressed by Minister for Communications, Denis Naughten.

Deputy Penrose remarked, “It is evident from this survey (conducted by Switcher.ie, the independent price comparison website) that Longford has been significantly deprived in terms of its broadband connectivity, with Legan at only two per cent coverage. The same applies across many rural areas of Longford, including Colehill, Abbeyshrule and Kenagh.”

He added, “I’ve raised this matter with the Minister for Communications, Denis Naughten, and I request that he outline what steps he is pursuing to end the broadband blackspot in rural areas.

"Many of the major towns of both Longford and Westmeath have top of the range coverage, but the same clearly does not apply to many of the rural areas, which in turn affects employment and innovation opportunities.”

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