Kildare South Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon is calling on Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte to review the provision and quality of broadband in many rural parts of Kildare in light of the announcement this week that 216 secondary schools in Kildare, Dublin and Meath will have high speed broadband this year.

“I welcome the proposed roll out of high speed broadband (100mps) to all secondary schools in Kildare by September 2013, but unless something is done to address the serious lack of broadband services in many rural areas of Kildare, these pupils will have no access to broadband when they go home in the evenings.”

“I am aware of many rural areas in South Kildare where the broadband services are not sufficient for basic internet access. Calverstown, Narraghmore, Suncroft and Castledermot are examples but there are many other incidences as well. I know a lot of people living in these areas who are trying to run small businesses or work from home and it is just not possible.”

“I am in the process of collating data on the amount of people without access to adequate broadband services in Rural Kildare and I will be making this information known to Minister Rabbitte.  If anyone has issues with the broadband services in their area, I would be grateful if they could contact my office on 045-487624 to let us know.