West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Aughabrack meeting on investment plans to extend 10Mb Wireless Broadband across Glenelly Area-Sinn Féin

Published: 18 January, 2012

Councillors Dan Kelly and Michelle Mc Mackin striving to get Glenelly online

Councillors Dan Kelly and Michelle Mc Mackin striving to get Glenelly online

Sinn Féin Councillors Dan Kelly and Michelle Mc Mackin are encouraging all interested parties to attend a meeting in the Community Hall in Aughabrack at 7pm on Wednesday 25th January to appraise members of the public of investment plans to extend 10Mb wireless broadband connectivity across the Glenelly Electoral Area.

In a statement they said,

"The lack of broadband connectivity has been one of the major issues we have been working on in the Glenelly area and following a sustained period of lobbying and negotiation we have undertaken on the issue with Strabane District Council's Economic Development Department and with North West Electronics (NWE), who have the DETI WiFi Broadband delivery contract, they will be jointly hosting this public information meeting in Aughabrack Hall next Wednesday to appraise members of the public of joint investment plans that have now been agreed to extend wireless broadband coverage throughout the Glenelly area.

"The 10Mb home/business WiFi broadband systems by NWE is accessed through a small box attached to your home, which allows wireless access from anywhere within your home.

"The systems are already successfully operational in a small part of Glenelly but these joint Council NWE investment plans will see their extension to cover the following indicative areas: Dunamanagh, Barron, Gortileck, Lough Ash, Hollymount, Aughabrack, Criagbane, Altishane, Dunnyboe, Moorlough, Plumbridge, Glenmornan, Evish, Ballee, Hollyhill and Silverhill. In site meetings with NWE Engineers throughout different areas of Glenelly they are confident that they will be able to provide coverage to more than 90% of people who might want it throughout the Glenelly area.

"Complementing this extension of the WiFi Home/Business broadband coverage is the inclusion of two 'WiFi hotspots' to be trialled initially in the villages of Plumbridge and Dunamanagh. This is a simple, free (for the first half hour) wireless broadband access point, accessible to anyone in the centre of either village, who has a broadband enabled phone, laptop or palm device.

"For far too long people in Glenelly including: farmers, school children/students, local business have been at distinct disadvantage in not having access to a reliable and high speed internet connection and we would encourage all interested parties to come along to next Wednesday meeting where management and engineers of NWE will be happy to advise and answer any queries people may have. ENDS