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Seán Lynch welcomes news of ICBAN study into broadband provision in Lisnaskea

Published: 22 April, 2016

Sinn Féin Assembly candidate for Fermanagh South Tyrone, Seán Lynch, has welcomed the news that the Irish Central Border Area Network (ICBAN) have commissioned a study to consider ways in which broadband and associated connectivity can be enhanced across the ICBAN region.

Speaking from Lisnaskea, Mr Lynch said:

"As part of this work, a number of case studies each highlighting particular issues or opportunities across the ICBAN region have been identified.

"There is an effort here to investigate how we can get a better form of broadband to both rural areas and towns.

"While BT policy has looked at exchange to cabinet supply, this approach is addressing exchange to home or business supply directly.

"Lisnaskea has been identified as a suitable example due to the significant difficulties experienced to date in achieving regular and reliable connectivity across the town. The range of town centre businesses and broadband demands has also made this a useful case study.

"This ICBAN commissioned study will determine whether a group broadband model would be appropriate in the Lisnaskea area.

"When we look at the issue of poor broadband service on a larger scale, we must take into account that there is a global internet revolution taking place and we're missing out on that.

"Our young people, without a reliable or sufficient broadband provision, are missing out on their creative development and being part of this IT revolution. This amounts to discrimination.

"It is not only our young people who are being discriminated against, but our businesses are also losing out.

"This is a huge issue for rural areas like Fermanagh and I, along with my party colleagues, welcome this study and would encourage all council staff and stakeholders to get involved in this project."