Ahead of substantial investment in telecoms infrastructure, the Council is supporting a call from the Department for the Economy asking broadband suppliers and members of the public to help ensure they have correctly identified all those postcodes that contain premises currently unable to access 30 megabits per second (Mbps) broadband services.
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Sean McPeake, is encouraging local people with poor broadband access to check that their postcodes are included on the list:
“The most recent figures show that Mid Ulster has the second worst broadband access here, with 12% of households affected by poor service. This is an opportunity for local people who do not have the connectivity they need – more than 30megabits - to ensure that their postcodes are identified and included on the list for much-needed investment in our telecoms infrastructure.
“For anyone who can’t check online, hard copy lists are available at our council offices in Cookstown, Dungannon and Magherafelt and in local libraries, and you can also call the Department for the Economy on 028 9052 9352”.
Councillor Sean Clarke who chairs a Broadband Working Group which has been lobbying to reach this stage, has welcomed the engagement with local people:
"Mid Ulster District Council’s Broadband Working Group has been campaigning for future proof technology across Mid Ulster. Now we have the greatest opportunity to get significant investment in broadband in the rural areas and it is vitally important that every person makes sure that all those areas needing support to get better broadband are identified. Everyone must make the effort to check if their postcode is on the list. Remember to send your response no later than 12.00 pm on the 14 January 2019”.
To check your postcode, visit NIDirect.