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JohnDrake
JohnDrake
4/30/2019 1:00:45 PM
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I wonder if the rural residents of Ireland even want broadband. The presumption is that if it is available they will want it. I am guessing that the slow increase from 87% to 89% penetration over three years was limited by availability, but maybe it wasn't, I don't know.

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
4/23/2019 4:37:22 PM
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Re: How Slow Is Slow
That's true. Tourism also depends on highspeed Internet. Basically, everything depends on it. So, if Ireland doesn't fix that problem soon many thngs are going to be affected. 

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afwriter
afwriter
4/21/2019 12:14:58 AM
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Re: How Slow Is Slow
Think of the economic effects this could have. Of course, like you mentioned it makes it hard to work remotely, but the first thing I thought when reading this was about tourism and how a lack of highspeed internet could hurt tourism in Ireland and elsewhere. 

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
4/19/2019 3:36:08 AM
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Re: How Slow Is Slow
I find it absolutely unacceptable that Ireland's National Broadband plan has been delayed. I also find it unacceptable that the advancement has been so snail slow. There is no excuse whatsoever for depriving people in rural areas --even if those people are just a few-- from being part of this century. Broadband is no luxury. It's a human right and has been this way at least in Europe for over a decade now. I am very disappointed about this happening in Ireland right now. 

What you say it's true. Those who left to bigger cities in search for better opportunities are more likely to spend more days visiting their family if they can have a decent braodband connection to do remote work --something that is more common than not today.-- I know a few people who visit their parents for the Holidays in December (in the U.S.) and they complain about not being able to have a decent speed when other members of the family are there as well trying to do the same plus the kids connecting their phones and tablets to do their important stuff as well. 

Service providers should really take notice about this, and how proving better service --or service to begin with-- can boost sales and retain customers as well. 

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Alison’s Wonderland
Alison’s Wonderland
4/16/2019 9:44:22 AM
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Re: How Slow Is Slow
It's so temptingly close in a lot of western countries, isn't it? You see the percentages at 89, 93, etc. -- and think, 'oh there are only 11, 7% without fixed high-speed broadband.' If you're one of those x%, however, that's a huge number!

When speaking to one rural provider in the US -- Tennessee, I believe -- he told me about how the availability of fixed broadband means family members who've left the area will come and spend longer times with their loved ones who remain in the rural home (typically a parent, parents or grandparents). Those who have high-speed broadband at the family home will stay longer because, many times, they can do some remote work -- especially at the holidays when a lot of companies are lenient about telework, even when they may not normally allow it. While that's not a quantifiable metric -- how do you measure joy or an adult kid's visit going from two days to a week?! -- it absolutely must boost sales and CX!

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DonBrowne
DonBrowne
4/16/2019 8:23:42 AM
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How Slow Is Slow
Ireland's national broadband plan might well be an example of how slow can one go. Although the numbers are a year old, as noted "In 2018 and 2017, 89% of Irish households had Internet access up from 87% in 2015," which may well indeed indicate how slow their progress has been over three years in upping wider access to the internet in the green island country.

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