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Lynch welcomes Rural Broadband investment

Published: 9 June, 2015

Sinn Féin's Sean Lynch MLA has welcomed Minister Michelle O'Neill's recent announcement that she is to invest a further £1 Million into rural broadband provision.

Rural Minister Michelle O'Neill committed the further investment as part of her Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation programme.

The Fermanagh South Tyrone MLA said,

"I welcome this latest commitment of a further significant investment into rural broadband. Since taking up the post of Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, the Minister has had the rolling out of rural broadband across the north at the top of her list.

"By the end of March 2015, the Department had invested £7.5million in rural broadband. The initial part of this investment has already seen some 17,000 rural dwellers, farms and businesses getting access to the internet, whilst the most recent phase of this funding will provide a further 14,000 rural people with similar opportunities.

The Fermanagh South Tyrone MLA continues,

"I also welcome the allocation of £2million to a Rural Broadband Scheme which will provide opportunities for innovative community-led wireless broadband solutions to enhance access to an improved broadband service in rural areas.

"Being from a rural area myself, I know only too well how much of a necessity broadband is becoming and how it has provided an improved quality of service for local rural businesses and customers. Greater broadband provision is only to be welcomed right across our farming and rural communities as we become more reliant on digital connectivity.

"Broadband and internet fast becoming a basic service and it is imperative that rural areas are not left behind when it comes to broadband provision. Sinn Féin have been leaders of this campaign in recent years and we will continue to do so, until all areas are suitably connected." ENDS