rural-access

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

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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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Catch the full article here on the Irish Times – http://engt.co/28QqqTs

Article by Richard Lawler, @Rjcc

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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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Catch the full article here on the Irish Times – http://bit.ly/1Qefs8W

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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Catch the full article here on the Irish Catholic – http://bit.ly/269bN05

Article by Cathal Barry @cathalbarryic

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Ireland’s Rural Broadband Coverage

Cavan

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.

Donegal

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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Catch the full article here on the Irish Independent – http://bit.ly/1Yefz5G

TV producer drives to nearby cattle shed to get a wifi connection

TV producer drives to nearby cattle shed to get a wifi connection

Garret Maguire has a successful film and TV production company, with commissions from channels throughout Ireland and Britain.

However, you will not find him or any of his six staff in their editing suite or studio in Co Cavan when they are ready to send packages to their clients.

The only place they can get a decent enough signal to use the internet is in a cattle shed on a neighbouring farm.

“It sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it?” said Garret, “but that’s the reality of life in rural Ireland for companies like ours.”

Having worked for Sky News, Garret left behind fibre-optic cables in Belfast for dial-up. He returned to his native county to start his own TV production company, Maguire Media, installing a state-of-the-art studio in Mountain Lodge, 10km north of Bailieborough.

However, he soon realised that simply getting online was going to be a nightmare.

Catch the full article here on the Irish Independent – http://bit.ly/1U7as1u

Article by Greg Harkin

Rural groups have pleaded with the Government to speed up its broadband roll-out, claiming firms are moving away because of the lack of internet available to one in three homes and businesses.

Firms move to cities as slow internet hits business

Rural groups have pleaded with the Government to speed up its broadband roll-out, claiming firms are moving away because of the lack of internet available to one in three homes and businesses.

A lot of companies are telling us they were waiting to see if they’d get broadband next year,” said Seamus Boland, chief executive of Irish Rural Link, which represents 500 community groups around the country.

But now that it’s been pushed out until 2022, they’re telling us that they’ve stayed in the sticks long enough and are moving to the city. We’re now looking at depopulation.

“Students who would normally come home are now staying in Dublin because they don’t have the internet at home,” he added.

The pleas come after a survey from Amarach Research and Vodafone revealed one-in-four rural residents would consider moving to urban areas because of broadband.

And Irish companies that were able to survive on low broadband speeds before say it is commercially unviable to do so anymore.

“Without a proper, fast internet connection we’re absolutely dead in the water,” said Seamus Quinn, managing director of MyItDepartment.ie, based in Athleague, Co Roscommon.

“Business has changed. We switched over to a cloud-based system last year. We were in Roscommon town and while the broadband was OK for a while, it was holding us back.”

Catch the full article here on the Irish Independent – http://bit.ly/1XZnbsR

Article by Adrian Wecklar

Depiction of Rural Ireland and the poor state of rural broadband

One in three Irish homes and businesses has little or no broadband. One in five say they have no access whatsoever.

Somewhere in an alternate universe, there is an Ireland where electricity was never fully rolled out to the whole country.

In all, one in three Irish homes and businesses has little or no broadband. One in five say they have no access whatsoever. And now people are starting to talk about abandoning their rural homes because of the broadband deficit.

“No broadband means no jobs and no village,” says Adam Coleman, an entrepreneur who set up a business in Lahinch but is now reassessing the location’s viability because of poor broadband availability.

“It’s getting very difficult to run a business off three megabits. Sometimes, our developers need to drive into Ennis to connect online.”

Catch the full article here on the Irish Independent – http://bit.ly/1sW05ru

Article by Adrian Wecklar

An Amarach survey reported that 25pc of those in rural Ireland now need the internet at home for work.

 

Kerry Farmer Rural Broadband

The absence of Rural Broadband is killing jobs.

For vast areas of rural Ireland, the absence of good broadband is proving to be nothing short of disastrous.

The absence of broadband is killing jobs.

It is a resource that has become as essential in Ireland as electricity and water, and the absence of good broadband is killing jobs in areas that desperately need recovery, paralysing schools and leaving farmers on the wrong side of the digital divide.

Catch the full article here on the Irish Independent – http://bit.ly/24eD1j5 

Article by Kim Bielenberg

Photography off Kerry dairy farmer Patrick Rohan with his son Liam on his farm outside Annascaul. Photo: Don MacMonagle.