Is North Louth a broadband blackspot?

Is North Louth a broadband blackspot? That was the subject of a debate at this month’s meeting of Louth County Council held last week.

Is North Louth a broadband blackspot? That was the subject of a debate at this month’s meeting of Louth County Council held last week.

At the meeting, support was received to write to the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources along with broadband service providers expressing concern over broadband and mobile coverage in North Louth.

The move came from Councillor Martin Murnaghan at the November meeting of Louth County Council. He stated that the area was suffering when it came to these “fundamental pieces of the new infra-structure.”

It has a “vast number of black spots” for broadband and mobile phone coverage. This was hindering business start-ups and education. To progress the entrepreneurial spirit that exists the area needed this infrastructure to be put in place, he said.

Councillor Tomas Sharkey said the only way to win this argument was to have the facts, and said a survey needed to be done on the ground and not on the internet with regard to the service available.

Councillor Peter Savage supported the motion, but said that providers were only interested in improving handsets.

Councillor Colm Markey said that a map of the weak spots should be prepared.

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