The activation of ‘super-fast’ broadband in the Annagora Road area has been welcomed by Newry & Armagh DUP Assemblyman William Irwin.
Mr Irwin said residents were delighted that the matter has been successfully resolved.
He said, “This issue was really running on much too long owing to a dispute in getting a power supply in place to power the fibre cable box. Following ongoing concerns from residents I got involved in terms of seeing if there were any alternative possibilities to get it powered up and allow residents in the area to have a faster internet speed..
“This process involved meetings with BT, NIE and DRD and following the laying of the power cable I am delighted to hear positive reports from residents that the service is now up and running and the speeds are vastly improved.
“The issue of broadband in rural areas continues to be an issue of concern and there are large areas of the rural district which remain without an acceptable broadband speed. This needs to be addressed by the service providers urgently and I will be continuing to make representations to service providers in this regard.”
Meanwhile, high speed broadband provision, including in rural areas, was raised at Monday night’s meeting of Craigavon Borough Council.
The council voted in favour of four members attending a factfinding workshop in Lancashire in September, to meet representatives of the B4RN project and see ‘best practice’ in action.
The event is designed to enable local authorities to share experiences, knowledge, views and opinions on how community organisations can enable the provision of a high speed network through innovative approaches.
The visit will also include live demonstrations and a tour around installations.
Armagh UUP councillor Sam Nicholson said the visit would prove very useful.