A WORKING group aimed at finding ways to improve the provision of broadband to rural areas is being set-up by Fermanagh and Omagh Council. Two members of each of the parties and independents are being included on the new body which it is hoped will highlight the ongoing problems being experienced by local people and businesses. They also want the council to become a leading campaigner in the fight to improve the broadband services in rural areas throughout the North.
The working group is being established in response to statistics from Ofcom which showed the Fermanagh and Omagh areas to be the worst off in terms of broadband.
Sinn Fein councillor, Sheamus Greene, said those living in the countryside deserved and demanded the exact same service as those in the towns and cities.
His comments were echoed by Cllr Barry McNally who said that the quality of broadband had not improved despite the introduction of a ‘Rural Proofing Bill’ aimed at trying to obtain a fair service for those living in the country.
“At the moment it is the rural dwellers who are being ripped off and we need to work to highlight this with Ofcom and the Consumer Council.”
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