Macra na Feirme is calling for significant, long-term investment in rural broadband infrastructure by the new government. Rural communities are consistently experiencing speeds of less than 1Mbps during peak usage times, while their urban counterparts are capable of receiving 360Mbps in some areas. This 300-fold gap is having a negative effect on the life and economy of rural Ireland.
High-speed broadband is as essential as electricity for many businesses. Email, video calls and cloud storage are all used on a daily basis in some industries. IT/engineering businesses can require the download of large files regularly.