Householders in rural parts of county Armagh are “anxious” over the state of broadband provision in their area.
And Ulster Unionist Assembly Member Danny Kennedy is due to meet with officials from the Department for the Economy to discuss the provision of broadband services across the Newry and Armagh constituency.
Mr Kennedy raised ongoing concerns about inadequate broadband provision in rural areas of the constituency with the Economy Minister and has now been offered a meeting with Departmental officials to discuss this matter in more detail.
“I am pleased that the Economy Minister has accepted my request to meet with senior officials from his Department to discuss the issue of broadband provision in the Newry & Armagh Constituency,” said Mr Kennedy.
“There are genuine concerns being raised by many rural householders across the Constituency regarding the clear deficiency in broadband provision in these areas and they are understandably anxious for necessary improvements to be carried out to the network locally.
“It is vital that the broadband network in rural areas is developed at the earliest opportunity given the negative effect the lack of connectivity is having on the daily lives of residents and rural/agricultural businesses in particular.
“It is my intention to highlight to officials from the Department for the Economy the need for urgent action in terms of developing the rural broadband in the constituency and I will be appealing for further investment from the Northern Ireland Executive and pressure to be applied on BT to ensure that required improvements to the network are carried out within a prompt timeframe.”