Sunday October 25, 2020

realityBYTES - Country folk are broadband shy

Is the Group Broadband Scheme working? Are rural dwellers getting access to broadband, as the state subsidised scheme is supposed to facilitate? And if so, are they taking it up?

10th June, 2006

The evidence from the country’s biggest broadband operator shows mixed results. Of Eircom’s 10 Group Broadband Scheme enabled areas, most are reporting take-up rates below the national average. In other words, having kicked and screamed and shouted about a ‘‘digital divide’’ and being ‘‘discriminated against’’, rural punters are showing only lukewarm interest in an actual broadband service.

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