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Broadband first for Northern Ireland
Monday 16 January 2006 22:05:00 by Andrew Ferguson

Northern Ireland has hit a major milestone, and has set a standard for regions across the whole of Europe. The Enterprise Minister Angela Smith has announced that every household, business, school and library in the region will be able to access broadband regardless of their location. More over at BBC News Online.

This level of access has been reached with almost £10 million of European funding. While many see 100% broadband access and assume it means everyone can get ADSL, it should be pointed out that the 100% figure is based on the availability of both wireless services and satellite delivered broadband. The unfortunate thing for those in the rural areas, is that the satellite services are often more expensive, and while businesses may be able to apply for a subsidy, individual households will generally not qualify.

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