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Project Stratum Investment potential of bringing much-needed lifeline - Kelly

Published: 15 March, 2019

Sinn Fein Mid Tyrone Representative Catherine Kelly has said the £150 million investment into Project Stratum, aimed at extending Broadband provision across the north, has the potential to provide a much-needed lifeline to rural areas of Co. Tyrone where low broadband speeds are the norm.

Speaking on the issue the Sinn Féin representative said:

"The Creggan area in Mid Tyrone is one of those area which is poorly served by current broadband infrastructure. The scale of the problem of broadband coverage in rural areas of county Tyrone has been highlighted in various reports on the issue. Unfortunately, this has done little to prioritise the area in order to address the issue. This area has a huge number of small businesses and punches above its weight comparatively speaking in relation to other rural areas. However, with lack of Broadband these businesses are at a huge disadvantage. With more and more people turning online to do their business there is a real concern that local business will lose out as a result.

"The establishment of Project Stratum from the Department of the Economy has provided the potential of rectifying this problem, experienced in Creggan and very many other areas across Tyrone.

"In meetings with the Department of the Economy Sinn Féin have got agreement that the £150m 'Project Stratum' will prioritise rural areas which currently has little or no broadband. With the project being rolled out over the next 4 years upon completion it is anticipated premises will benefit of speeds of at least 30mbs. The potential of this scheme is massive in terms of rectifying a historical neglect in rural areas by Broadband providers. It is my hope that at long last there may be light at the end of the tunnel for those who are working with substandard broadband provision locally.CRÍOCH