Lack Of Broadband A Major Worry In Kinsale-Bandon
Writes Leo McMahon
‘It’s time that the Government got its act together as regards providing broadband to the citizens of this country in a timely fashion’, declared Cllr Gillian Coughlan (FF) at a recent meeting of Cork County Council’s Bandon-Kinsale Municipal District (MD).
Her call on Eir to make a spokesperson available at the next MD meeting in order to account for what she regarded as the unacceptably long waiting times for broadband for people right across the constituency, was fully supported by fellow councillors.
‘I have received hundreds of complaints, from Nohoval, Ballygarvan, Kinsale, Bandon, and many other places besides,’ said Cllr Couglan.
‘Inis Álainn, for example, a new estate in Bandon of over 30 houses, is still without broadband after 18 months. The developer claims that he has fulfilled all of his duties and that the site is ready for ‘Open Eir’ to install wiring. However, in spite of many assurances, the estate still has not been fitted with even the most rudimentary telephonic infrastructure. By that I mean the residents cannot even get a home telephone installed. This, in 21st century Ireland!
‘Broadband is an essential aspect of daily living affecting so many people throughout the MD.. It is simply unacceptable that such delays should continue any longer.’ said Cllr Coughlan, who contended that it could be deemed to a breach of consumer rights.
Proposing a representative of Eir be invited to the next meeting, she added. ‘We need to find out what is going to done and when broadband connections will be rolled out.’
Cathaoirleach Aidan Lombard (FG) stressed the need for a definite timeline on delivery. He highlighted a broadband problem in Ballygarvan.
Cllr Kevin Murphy (FG) said mobile phone coverage was very poor in some parts of the MD. He himself had no broadband and had to go to the corner of his home at Kinsale to get a connection.
Cllr Coughlan added that certainty on the progress of broadband connections was vital if Kinsale, Bandon and other towns and rural hinterlands were going to attract employers.
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