Carthy demands Wifi for Rural areas


Matt Carthy MEP has today called for Wi-Fi hotspots in rural areas under a new EU scheme.

Carthy demands Wifi for Rural areas

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Matt Carthy MEP has today called for Wi-Fi hotspots in rural areas under a new EU scheme.

Carthy made the demands while speaking from Brussels this week.

Carthy argued that the new "Wifi4EU" scheme must benefit the areas most in need of improved connectivity, rural areas.

He said the new scheme, which will cost up to E120million and provide up to 8,000 new free public Wi-Fi hotspots in areas across Europe.

Carthy said he proposed amendments so that rural areas would receive priority, “As shadow rapporteur of this file in the Transport and Tourism Committee, I proposed amendments to prioritise rural areas in in the scheme’s rollout.'

Carthy continued by saying these proposals he submitted have received excellent support from his fellow MEPs, and says now these areas will now receive be prioritised.
He said, “I am pleased to report that these amendments received overwhelming support from MEPs and the final agreement will grant funding on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis but, crucially, will prioritise rural and remote communities, who do not currently avail of public Wi-fi hotspots.

He called this as "an important commitment", and says this makes up for what past governments have failed to do. He stated, "Unfortunately successive Irish governments have failed abysmally in providing rural committees with the levels of connectivity required."

Carthy then slammed previous governments for creating such a gap between connectivity in urban areas and rural ones,“A digital divide exists between rural and urban areas, as a direct result of government broken promises to provide a scheme of rural broadband."
He then went on to suggest that this was Fine Gael's doing and on purpose, "It often appears that the Fine Gael government is purposefully trying to keep rural Ireland in the dark ages.'

Matt Carthy reaffirmed his commitment to the people of Ireland and vowed to continue using his voice and get rural areas the connectivity it craves, “In our work in the European Parliament I, and my Sinn Féin colleagues, are committed to voicing the need for substantial internet connectivity in rural areas. Rural communities require the same internet resources as urban areas, which is a measure of quality of life.'

He said this increased connectivity would benefit rural Ireland in many ways, especially helping increase tourism, “Increased internet connectivity benefits the promotion of tourism, which is an essential sector in many rural areas. Additionally, the development of local domestic economies, particularly those dependent on SMEs, rely upon a decent infrastructure and reliable internet connectivity in order to emerge into a rapidly changing market.'

Carthy said it is unacceptable that broadband in rural areas is still possible in up to 15 counties, “People located in rural areas deserve to be able to live and work in their areas and not have to move to where internet connectivity and other resources are accessible. It is unacceptable that rural broadband is not a norm across the fifteen counties of the Midlands North-West constituency, unlike other EU regions.'

Carthy concluded by again reaffirming that he will continue to work for and update the people of these areas on any developments, “I will endeavour to ensure rural communities are aware of the proceedings and possibilities of the Wifi4EU scheme. Applications should open at the end of the year and I will be encouraging local authorities to apply for the scheme”.

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