O’Neill bolsters broadband access for rural businesses

Minister Michelle O'Neill
Minister Michelle O'Neill

Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill has stepped in to help fund broadband services for rural businesses across Northern Ireland.

The Broadband voucher scheme is delivered through Belfast City Council on behalf of all council areas to assist with broadband installation costs. However, due to the limited funding available at the time a number of businesses where not able to avail of the scheme.

Ms O’Neill has now stepped in and allocated almost £0.5million from her Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme (TRPSI), to contribute to the Scheme.

Announcing the funding Minister O’Neill said: “I met with rural business owners in Magherafelt and they impressed upon me how the lack of quality broadband was significantly affecting the growth of their businesses.

“I am therefore delighted to provide funding under my TRPSI Programme to help secure broadband services for those rural businesses that applied for but did not receive a voucher under the previous scheme.