Waldron clarifies position with broadband in county

Suggestions in recent weeks that funding earmarked for the provision of broadband services in Castlerea have been diverted to the South East region are wide of the mark. That’s according to Castlerea area Fianna Fail Cllr. Tony Waldron who says that the  Government are holding a general review of the money earmarked for the provision of MAN  broadband services in towns like Castlerea and Boyle.   This news comes in the wake of the revelation that no businesses or organisations in Roscommon town are using the MAN fibre optic system – four years after it was provided.   ‘The problem with the MAN system is that although it is a very reliable and efficient system delivering 100 MG capacity, it is very expensive to get connected to it – hence the poor take-up’ Cllr. Waldron said.   Cllr. Waldron says the DSL broadband systems are not as fast as the MAN fibre optic system but are still very reliable and are available throughout Co. Roscommon.   ‘DSL delivers 5MG capacity and that system is available in Roscommon town, Castlerea, Boyle, Ballaghaderreen, Strokestown, Elphin and Knockcroghery and there will be an exchange opened in Frenchpark soon and there will be 19 more DSL exchanges established in County Roscommon in the near future’ he says.   ‘The situation is that there is a review of the provision of the MAN system at the moment. The take-up in Roscommon town and other towns has been very disappointing so it is only natural that there is a review. The money has not been diverted elsewhere’ concluded Cllr. Waldron.