Mr Robin Swann, the North Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA and a UUP Chairman of the Stormont Public Accounts Committee, has urged the community to get involved in the campaign to improve broadband coverage throughout the constituency, especially in rural regions.
Assemblyman Swann, who is also UUP Chief Whip and North Antrim UUP Chairman, was speaking as the Office of Communication (Ofcom) launched a drive to find out more about rural broadband experience by joining its research panel.
Mr Swann said: “As someone who has campaigned for many years for the rights and services of people in rural communities, I would especially encourage constituents to respond to this vital Ofcom research.”
Supporting Mr Swann’s call, an Ofcom spokesperson added: “Ofcom is in the process of recruiting volunteers to help inform research on rural broadband for its Connected Nations report. It would be great if we had a large number of volunteers from Northern Ireland.”
Ofcom exists to make communications markets work for everyone. One of the ways Ofcom does its job is by conducting research to find out about the customer experience across the UK.
Each year it reports its findings in its flagship Connected Nations report which provides a snapshot of the state of communications networks.
To inform this and wider work, Ofcom is calling for volunteers to sign up to join its expanded research panel of broadband customers. Ofcom is particularly looking to sign up more people who live in rural areas in order find out more about the challenges they face.
Volunteers are encouraged to sign up via Ofcom’s partner’s website here: https://signups.samknows.com/ofcom/. Those volunteers who meet Ofcom’s sample requirements will be sent a unit to plug into a mains socket and connect to their home broadband router.