Rural Areas need proper access to Broadband – Frank O’Rourke

Local Fianna Fail General Election candidate, Cllr Frank O’Rourke, has called on the Department of Communication and the Minister for Communications, to have broadband access for Newtown and surrounding areas a priority for this Department.

‘In recent days, I have met with many residents in Newtown and surrounding areas in Kildare, who are very concerned about the poor broadband connectivity in the area.’

‘At a time when we are trying to encourage people to work from home, to encourage and nurture small businesses, support exiting businesses and ensure that people have reliable access to broadband, we see that little or no progress has been made to provide a Broadband service for Newtown and surrounding areas. Kildare is home to world class IT companies and it beggars belief that homes and businesses within a couple of miles of these companies have little or no broadband access.’

‘I am currently working with Eircom, on what is known as the next generation  access, in replacing the existing copper based telecommunications network and upgrade it to a fibre optic system in the Maynooth Celbridge area.  Once this is completed, these areas will have access to significantly enhanced telecommunications services.’ Stated Cllr O’Rourke

‘Areas like Newtown needs to be prioritised for getting quality high speed broadband, and I am calling on the Minister to deliver on his promise to deliver this quality high-speed broadband access for areas like Newtown and other areas in Kildare.’ Concluded Cllr O’Rourke who pledged to keep the pressure on the Government to deliver quality broadband access for Newtown and other areas in Kildare.

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