Post offices should receive broadband scheme similar to schools


Post offices across the country should receive high speed broadband in a scheme similar to that used to bring high-speed broadband to all secondary schools, according to East Galway TD Paul Connaughton.
‘When the Department of Communications came before the Public Accounts Committee last week there was much talk of support for the digital economy in rural areas. I believe that it is now time that the Department of Communications considers rolling out high-speed broadband to all post offices, similar to the successful project undertaken in relation to schools. Of course many post offices are already in regions covered by high-speed broadband, so the focus of this scheme would be firmly on post offices in rural areas not properly served by broadband.
‘This would have the added benefit of providing an opportunity for these post offices to offer an enhanced range of services to local people and also of providing a broadband hub in these rural areas.
‘There are many rural areas of county Galway that would greatly benefit from enhanced broadband, particularly Caltra, Kilkerrin, Lavally, Dunmore and Ballygar. Towns such as Headford would also benefit greatly from high-speed broadband.
‘This is an issue that I will be taking up with the Minister for Communications, Mr. Alex White TD, in coming weeks. Broadband is no longer a luxury, it is an essential for all manner of businesses and those wishing to work for home. The success of the school project could and should be replicated across the country in relation to post offices.’