Sinn Féin Councillor Philip McGuigan says that the opportunity to meet with OFCOM is a welcome development to push for better Broadband provision across the Causeway Coast and Glens Council area.
Mr. McGuigan said:
“I had asked that Council set up this engagement with OFCOM to help devise a strategy to try and bring some reality and pressure to redress the lack of high speed Broadband in many parts of this area. I think it is a fair comment that Businesses, large and small, and ordinary internet users expect a better service than they are currently getting in many of the small towns, villages and rural parts of North Antrim. Pressure needs to be applied by the Council onto OFCOM to ensure that some of the commitments given are actually met.
“Small businesses are being forced to move or install expensive equipment to meet their needs. The internet now plays such a pivotal role in everyday life – from children doing their homework, shopping, keeping in touch with friends and family and being able to attract investment and business into an area.
“This is the second decade of the 21st Century and I don’t think it is unreasonable for all citizens to have affordable access to proper Broadband provision. It is vital that OFCOM come to this engagement to offer solutions.
The meeting between Council and OFCOM is scheduled for Thursday 18th February