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Improved Rural Broadband Coming to Fermanagh in 2015

Published: 28 January, 2015

Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan has secured a commitment from BT that further improvements to the availability of rural broadband will be made during 2015.

Speaking after a number of meetings with senior representatives of BT, Mr Flanagan, who is the Deputy Chairperson of the Assembly Committee with responsibility for scrutinising telecoms policy, said:

"I recently met with senior representatives from BT on a number of occasions to impress upon them the need for further improvements to rural broadband in Co Fermanagh.

"I told them that there remain very many areas which are not benefitting from the recent improvements that have taken place and that the people living in these places across Fermanagh need to be at the top of their priority list. That situation is simply not good enough.

"Arising from this meeting, BT have given me a commitment that further improvements will be made to rural broadband provision before the end of September 2015, which will cover much more of Fermanagh than was previously the case.

"This is welcome news and will make a considerable difference for many rural dwellers.

"I will continue to work closely with BT to ensure that the remaining black spots and low speed areas are addressed. It is simply not good enough that in this day and age so many households and business across this county cannot avail of broadband, which is now viewed as a basic requirement."

Notes to Editors:

The areas in which further improvements are planned, broken down by District Electoral Area, include:

Erne North : Coa, Ederney, Lack, Kesh, Belleek, Irvinestown, Ballinamallard,
Erne West: Boho, Monea, Letterbreen, Florencecourt, Arney, Belnaleck, Kinawley, Derrylin, Garrison, Derrygonnelly, Springfield,
Enniskillen: Enniskillen, Tempo, Lisbellaw
Erne East: Lisnaskea, Knocks, Donagh, Newtownbutler, Maguiresbridge, Brookeborough, Roslea