June 4, 2020
“WiFi hotspots for rural towns and villages would be a welcome boost for many communities” – MacManus

“WiFi hotspots for rural towns and villages would be a welcome boost for many communities” – MacManus

Sinn Fein MEP Chris MacManus is encouraging local authorities to apply for EU initiative

Sinn Féin MEP Chris MacManus recommends local authorities apply for the WiFi4EU initiative, which proposes setting up WiFi hotspots in public areas to the benefit of communities.  

Speaking from Sligo MacManus said:

“I am pleased to see this positive scheme is being continued and a new call for applications has now open. It is a fantastic opportunity for communities in Ireland to apply for a WiFi hotspot to be developed for everyone in those communities to use. It will be particularly advantageous for our rural towns and villages, which have been internet blackspots for far too long.

“Access to the internet is now as fundamental as access to electricity or water. Families residing in rural areas deserve to be able to live and work in their communities and not have to move to where internet connectivity and other resources are accessible. It is unacceptable that rural broadband connectivity is still unavailable to many across the Midlands North-West constituency, unlike other EU regions.

“The Wifi4EU initiative provides an opportunity for rural areas to avail of internet connectivity in public spaces and I will work to ensure rural communities are aware of the developments to apply to the Wifi4EU scheme” ENDS

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