The SDLP group of councillors on the Causeway Coast and Glens Council have welcomed a workshop planned with Ofcom, the communications regulatory body, on 18 February to discuss poor mobile phone and broadband reception in the area
Councillor Margaret Anne McMcKillop who represents the Glens area said: “We welcome the presence of Ofcom to our council meeting to hear at first-hand from councillors the level of dissatisfaction that exists across large areas of the council.
“There is no doubt that the meeting is timely and will support the strongly held views of SDLP Assembly Members who have already met this regulatory body.
“Our people are very disappointed that public money made available from government in the past running into millions has not delivered for the rural community a level of service fit for purpose. For that reason we welcome the announcement by the UK government that work has begun on a universal service obligation (USO) aimed to give citizens the legal right to request a connection to broadband with speed of 10 Mbit/s, no matter where they live.
“10 Mbit/s is the speed needed to meet the demands of today’s typical family and many small businesses.
“In the run-up to this meeting I want to hear from anyone who is dissatisfied with the level of service they are receiving from network providers of broadband or mobile phone reception who can contact me in my office in Cushendall where the number is (028) 21771585.”