Barton raises concern over Broadband speeds in Fermanagh & South Tyrone

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Rosemary Barton MLA
Ulster Unionist MLA Rosemary Barton has said that recent figures revealed by the Department for the Economy highlight the poor broadband service that is available to many people in Fermanagh & South Tyrone.

Mrs Barton said: “Following a question to the Minister for the Economy on high speed broadband the Minister responded that 7,686 premises in Fermanagh & South Tyrone cannot access speeds of 10 Megabits per second (Mbps) or greater. They have also identified 12,841 premises within the constituency that do not have access to superfast broadband speeds.

“While we were becoming ever more reliant on good broadband connectivity in recent years, the situation has greatly accelerated since mid-March of this year with the onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic and more people needed to work from home. Unfortunately, many people have found their broadband speeds cannot match the demands of their requirements.

“While some money has been poured into digital infrastructure, the situation remains that many people in this constituency of Fermanagh & South Tyrone still do not even have a reasonable broadband speed.”

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