Slower broadband and lack of job opportunities frustrate rural dwellers.

Aspects of life that frustrate rural dwellers are slower broadband (63%) and a lack of job opportunities (45%), according to research by Macra na Feirme for its ‘Know Your Neighbour’ campaign.

The campaign, which is in partnership with Calor, aims to bring everyone together at community events, to get to know these neighbours and establish a strong support network, Macra President Sean Finan has said.

A lack of amenities (59%) and a lack of local infrastructure (48%) are also among the grievances of rural dwellers. Read more

Google Backs Wireless

Google Backs Wireless as it acquires Wireless Company Webpass to deliver on its US Fibre Speed Broadband Roll Out. Webpass has deployed its ‘superfast’ connections in five US markets.

Hoping Google Fiber will come your way soon? The Alphabet subsidiary just made an acquisition that could help it roll out high speed internet faster. It agreed to purchase Webpass, a company that currently has “tens of thousands” of customers for high speed internet in the Bay Area, San Diego, Chicago, Boston and Miami.

Webpass is notable because it’s used high-speed point-to-point wireless technology as well as fiber to link up apartment buildings and businesses without having to wait for a physical link, and offers its customers speeds of up to 1Gbps.


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Article by Richard Lawler, @Rjcc

State may need to extend National Broadband Plan

Up to 80,000 homes unable to connect to broadband networks without costly interventions.

The Government may be forced to extend the reach of its broadband scheme because of the large number of homes being left with sub-standard services in areas supplied by commercial operators.

Sources suggest up to 80,000 homes, not included in the National Broadband Plan (NBP), cannot be connected to broadband networks in their areas for a variety of reasons without costly interventions.

The crux of the issue lies in the difference between “premises passed” by the new technology, the phrase industry uses, and those that can be connected to it, the threshold the Government insists upon.

Companies usually run their new fibre technologies to a cabinet at street level, but not all homes can access the cabinet, either because of geography or because their original copper connections have degraded.


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Article by Eoin Burke Kennedy

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Priests: Lack of broadband in rural Ireland a ‘scandal’

Parish priest outlines necessities of Government investments in “essential services” like Broadband.

The lack of broadband in some parts of rural Ireland is having a severely negative impact on local communities, priests working at the coalface have warned.

Fr John Joe Duffy, parish priest in Stranorlar, Co. Donegal, told The Irish Catholic that the “present lack of broadband is having a severely negative impact on local families and businesses”.

“Broadband is extremely slow in some areas and almost non-existent in some parts of the county. It’s having a severely negative impact on Co. Donegal. It’s hampering development and job creation and stifling growth,” he insisted.

Fr Duffy said that without sufficient investment in “essential services”, such as broadband, by the Government, certain parts of rural Ireland would be “left behind”.

“There is great talk about recovery but it’s very much two-tiered from what I can see. There are places in some parts of the country that are being provided with services but there seems to be an overall lack of commitment to providing essential services such as broadband in rural parts of Ireland,” he said.

Sociologist Fr Micheál Mac Gréil SJ described the lack of broadband in certain parts of country as a “scandal”.


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Article by Cathal Barry @cathalbarryic

Ireland’s Rural Broadband Coverage


SOME 18,950 households and 5,250 businesses across Cavan need broadband. Most large towns, including Cavan, Cootehill and Bailieborough, will be serviced by the private sector by the end of this year, but pockets of the county with large populations will require intervention by the State.

They include Dunaree, where 791 premises are located. Around 24 will not be served by the private sector.

Other built-up areas where the private sector will not provide a high-speed internet link include parts of Drumalee, Mullagh and Virginia. The properties are across 1,990 townlands. Of these, 946 have 10 or fewer properties.


A total of 52,004 premises across Donegal need broadband. Of these, 43,580 are households and the remainder are businesses.

Commercial operators will provide a service to around half of all homes and businesses in the county by the end of this year, but the map clearly shows that the Inishowen peninsula and much of the county will rely on the State.

DONEGAL: (Blue) Covered by commercial operators by end 2016; (Yellow) Covered by the National Broadband Plan
DONEGAL: (Blue) Covered by commercial operators by end 2016; (Yellow) Covered by the National Broadband Plan

Pockets of large towns, including Ardaravan, Magheracar, Ballymacarry and Ballynally, will not be served by the private sector. The largest area with no private investment is Brinlack, where 285 properties are located.

The properties are spread across 2,661 townlands. Of these, 859 have 10 or fewer properties.


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