Poor broadband connectivity ‘the signs of a lost decade of investment’ – Doherty

“Chronically poor” broadband connectivity and speeds are undermining our economic potential, Donegal Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty has said.

Responding to a study conducted by M-Lab which examines the quality of broadband in 200 countries, Deputy Doherty said Ireland’s ranking near the bottom of EU member stated it was a sign of a lost decade of investment.

He added: “For another year, Ireland ranks among the bottom of EU states in broadband connectivity and speeds.

“Having an expansive and cutting-edge digital infrastructure must be at the core of any modern economy in the years ahead.

“Due to a decade of chronic underinvestment, this growing problem is undermining our economic potential and denying Irish citizens of essential services .”

Deputy Doherty concluded: “The coming budget is about political choices. With uncertain times ahead, Sinn Féin will choose to prioritise investment in infrastructure and in vital public services to secure long-term and sustainable economic growth.”

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