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Fermanagh to be included in broadband pilot - Flanagan

Published: 12 June, 2015

Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan has welcomed news that a pilot satellite broadband scheme is to take place in counties Fermanagh and Antrim.

Mr Flanagan was speaking after he raised the issue with the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment in Stormont.

The Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA said:

"Gaps in rural broadband provision continues to present a problem for many rural dwellers and people trying to run rural businesses.

"I am supportive of any measures that would improve existing broadband provision.

"Historically, satellite broadband connections were beset with problems with reliability and cost, but this pilot seems to be heavily supported with public funding and will enable download speeds of up to 30mbps so I would be hopeful it would change that negative perception.

"I welcome the inclusion of Fermanagh in this test area along with Co Antrim. Up to 500 residential and business premises across the two counties will be selected to participate on a first-come, first-served basis and I would encourage people that may be interested in this scheme to contact me and I will ensure that they are notified when the call for applicants opens.

"I have requested a meeting with representatives from Avanti, the company behind the pilot scheme, to learn more about how it will work and the benefits it will bring to people in Fermanagh.

"This pilot is a great opportunity for people trying to get connected to the internet to avail of the latest technology and to play a part in ensuring that future technological advancements are progressed in a reliable way."