Councillor Seamus Hanafin has called for a progress report on the implementation of the National Broadband Plan and the Rural Broadband Scheme in Co Tipperary.
According to Cllr Hanafin, there seems to be little evidence on the ground of any significant progress with these schemes and large areas of the county remain without access to a quality broadband service.
He explained, “This National Broadband Plan, published by the Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte in 2012, promised to ensure that high speed broadband was available to people all over the country. But so far it has not delivered and many communities still don’t have access to a decent broadband service.
“There has been a 75% increase in internet usage across the country in the last year due to the use of smart phones and tablets. This has led to a much greater demand for a quality broadband service. If local businesses want to expand, they must have access to reliable broadband. Tipperary was already behind other counties in relation to broadband service before this plan was even announced, and I do not want to see the county slip further.
“We need real action to address the digital divide between urban and rural communities. The Government needs to realise that reliable broadband is no longer a luxury - it’s a necessity,” Cllr Hanafin concluded.