Councillors concerned about rural broadband service

SINN FÉIN councillors for Magherafelt have met with residents in Ballinascreen who are unhappy with the broadband service in their area.

Brian Mc Guigan and Catherine Elattar attended the meeting at Sixtowns Community Centre. Residents from both the Sixtowns and Desertmartin areas voiced their dissatisfaction at the lack of broadband services.

Speaking after the meeting Cllr Elattar commented: “Access to broadband in rural areas is limited and very much depends upon where you live. A lot of the discussion at this meeting was around the reliability and cost of broadband services in these areas, if in fact there is any service at all.”

Scott Mc Clelland, Managing Director of NWE Wireless Networks, was also present at the meeting to discuss the broadband services and to answer questions on the services from local residents.

Cllr Mc Guigan added: “Computers and the internet are an integral part of most families and households these days and people living in rural areas are disadvantaged by the lack of services in their areas. We are committed to lobbying on this issue and will continue to work with our party colleagues in the Assembly to keep this issue to the fore.”