Speaking at the meeting Deputy McEntee said;
“Since my election almost three years ago I have dealt with the issue of broadband and mobile phone coverage on a continuous basis. I get weekly queries about poor broadband service and mobile coverage right across Meath. Kentstown, Skryne, Tara and Rathfeigh in particular appear to be a ‘blackspot’ for poor service so this is why the meeting was held in Kentstown.
“As a member of the Transport & Communications Committee I have direct contact with the service providers, many of whom have appeared before the committee and who I have also met separately. I am very grateful to the representatives from Eir/Eircom/Meteor, Three, Vodafone and the Telecoms and Internet Federation who came to the meeting on Thursday. I felt it was necessary for them to come to Kentstown and explain to their customers what is happening in the area and what plans are in place to improve the existing system.
“For those who cannot avail of current upgrades by private companies the National Broadband plan now has €400 million ring fenced to begin the tender process and to allow the plan to move forward. This funding which I fought for a part of the Standing Up For Rural Ireland Campaign is vital for many parts of rural Meath. Connectivity is one of the biggest obstacles facing businesses in rural Ireland and it is vital that every person should be afforded the same opportunity whether they live in a city, town, village or down a laneway.
‘Hosting a Public Meeting is a perfect forum for people to come together and voice their frustrations as sometimes it can be difficult to even get through via telephone and speak to someone about the issues being experienced.
‘I felt it was a very productive meeting and I’m hopeful that the issues being experienced in Kentstown and surrounding areas will be addressed in the near future. I will keep Residents updated on progress and at least now they can be reassured that by March next the Broadband situation will have improved’.