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IrelandRural broadband: Girl (12) takes Taoiseach to task over internet access

17:00  16 may  2019
17:00  16 may  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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A 12 -year-old girl from Co Mayo has challenged the Taoiseach on the Government's National She told the Taoiseach that broadband provision in rural Ireland remained a big problem and she asked him how Kids in rural Ireland should have the same ability to download information as kids in Dublin".

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A Mayo schoolgirl has tackled the Taoiseach on the lack of broadband in rural areas.

Aoibheann Mangan (12), from Hollymount near Claremorris, doorstepped Leo Varadkar (TODAY/THURSDAY) after he launched InspireFest 2019 , a two-day festival exploring the future of science, technology and creativity in Ireland.

At the launch, the Taoiseach spoke about how he wanted Ireland to be "ahead of the curve" when it comes to technology development in Ireland's future.

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Rural Internet describes the characteristics of Internet service in rural areas (also referred to as "the country" or "countryside"), which are settled places outside towns and cities. Inhabitants live in villages, hamlets, on farms and in other isolated houses.

The internet is a way for people in poorer or far-flung communities to connect with social programs As schoolwork becomes increasingly digital, a lack of broadband access makes it difficult for kids to Rural and low-density areas, especially those in agriculturally focused regions in the South and West

Aoibheann Mangan told Mr Varadkar that she has been going to a local Tesco car park to access WiFi until recently.

She said accessing broadband in rural Ireland is a big problem and asked how much longer people will have to wait for a proper broadband service.

"It’s not fair that people in Dublin get access to everything because they can get on the internet. Everyone should have those opportunities," she said.

The Taoiseach said he wished national broadband could happen faster, and told Aoibheann he feared the political opposition could derail the broadband plan.

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broadband - the most common high-speed data transmission used for high-speed Internet access Major internet service providers are calling on the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission to "True has invested in technology to provide high-speed data service over cable.

Internet access is the ability of individuals and organizations to connect to the Internet using computer terminals, computers, and other devices

"I wish we could do things quicker. But my fear is the opposition and some other political people will stop the contract being signed and then it's back to square one.

"I know how important broadband is, particularly with so many educational resources online. Kids in rural Ireland should have the same ability to download information as kids in Dublin," he told her.

Rural broadband: Girl (12) takes Taoiseach to task over internet access Plan: Taoiseach Varadkar He said if the contract is signed work could start before the end of the year, meaning in the first year 10,000 homes, business and schools could be connected through 300 hotspots around the country.

"In the second year and every year after that between 100,000 and 150,000 could be be connected which still means it will take six or seven years to do it," said the Taoiseach.

"I wish we could do it quicker but the experts and the people who work in the business tell us that is as quickly as it can be done," he added.

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Taken together, these policies indicate that the current FCC is now meeting its statutory mandate to encourage the deployment of broadband on a "This isn’t the first time that a White House has declared the deployment of rural broadband a national priority. What is yet to be determined is the

Aoibheann Mangan is a campaigner for rural broadband.

"I'm trying to do this for everyone  because deserves an equal opportunity. People over here in Dublin get a good opportunity - they have great internet, whereas back home before I got the internet I had to sit outside Tesco's carpark to get the internet which wasn't fair because that was ages away from my home," she explained.

"Once I got the private broadband I was able to stay at home and I have so many opportunities. I want everyone to have that opportunity," Aoibheann added.

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