McKevitt Welcomes Council’s Broadband Ambitions

McKevitt Welcomes Council’s Broadband Ambitions

South Down MLA Karen McKevitt (SDLP) has welcomed news that Newry, Mourne and Down Council has granted planning approval for infrastructure to improve rural broadband access. 50 new broadband cabinets will be installed across the Council area with particular focus around Kilkeel, Downpatrick and South Armagh.

[caption id="attachment_54667" align="alignleft" width="200"]Karen McKevitt MLA has welcomed improvements to broadband infrastructure. Karen McKevitt MLA has welcomed improvements to broadband infrastructure.[/caption]

She said: “This announcement makes very welcome news for businesses and residents alike. The issue of internet connectivity has been a growing concern among people living in rural communities with regular complaints centering around slow internet speeds. Increasingly there is a perception among those living in a rural setting that they are getting left behind.

“It is unreasonable to expect economic growth in if this failing is not remedied. Businesses will be turned off from investing if we are unable to guarantee an effective broadband infrastructure, a fundamental prerequisite for almost any business model.

“While it may have been a luxury in years past the simple reality is that efficient internet speeds have become a necessity today particularly for businesses if they are to flourish.

“This decision shows a commitment to connectivity and I hope it acts as a statement of intent for action in the near future.”

Is your current broadband service slowing your business down?

With the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Super Connected Broadband Voucher Scheme, your business could receive up to £3,000 to upgrade your internet service. As long as you are based in the Newry, Mourne and Down District council area you could qualify for the grant.

The offer for SME’s

beyond_screenThe grant pays for the installation costs, that is the capital and equipment costs, of upgrading your current broadband connection. You pay any VAT charged and the monthly line rental to the service provider.

Benefits to your business as a result of faster, better broadband include:

*  Growing and accessing new markets through better communication with customers and suppliers. *  Increasing security through fast secure back-up of data. *  Increasing productivity and improving customer service through faster upload and download speeds. *  Upgrading your broadband will also help to future-proof your business for the digital challenges of tomorrow.

How do I find out more?

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council will be holding a briefing session on Tuesday 4 August open to all SME’s based in the council area at 9.30am.

Venue: Market House, Market Square, (Vincent Fulham Room), Ballynahinch.

Boost your bottom line with a £3,000 grant to get Superfast broadband for your business!