With all the mindless chatter from politicians about green shoots and new business start ups and yes best of all...The Roll out of Broadband. how in God's name is one to do business in rural Ireland with the almost backward speeds available to users. I have been listening to various ministers talk about this but really it is a serious problem for a lot of people.
Like Pat Rabbite:
The Digital Agenda for Europe sets out specific targets for the achievement of high speed broadband services across all Member States. Ireland’s National Broadband Plan which I published in August last, aims to radically change the broadband landscape in Ireland by ensuring that high speed services of 30Mbps are available to all of our citizens and businesses in advance of the EU’s target date of 2020, and that significantly higher speeds are available to as many homes and businesses as possible......There is evidence that industry is investing beyond the targets....
In order to progress the State-led investment, a full procurement process must be designed.....My Department recently launched a formal mapping exercise....Intensive technical, financial and legal preparations.....with a view to the launch of a procurement process in 2014....National Broadband Plan will be complemented by the National Digital Strategy.... Government remains firmly committed to increasing the availability countrywide of quality next generation broadband services and to ensuring that citizens, businesses and all parts of society are motivated, empowered and have the requisite connectivity to interact effectively in a digital environment.
I waited 6 years to get BB finally in 2005 and it has not speeded up much since. Is it a case again of if you want internet leave rural Ireland? I live and work here and it is damn difficult to keep going as the speed has not progressed. How many other posters have low useless BBand and have they any faith in Pat's Rabbiting above. In fact whenever I hear the line 'ROLL OUT' I cringe, the last lot could'nt do it and this lot will be out of office in 2016 so where does that leave us.
I started this before but it was ZOO'd by yours truly...This should be a serious conversation as it affects many in rural Ireland.