Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has called on the Government and the Department of Communications to give priority to the border counties including Donegal during the broadband roll-out.He said these are areas which are within or between existing fibre areas and rural areas that are urgently requiring broadband services.Over 32,000 households and premises are without high speed Broadband at present in Co Donegal, and the Department estimates the costs of connecting these premises at €128 million. Deputy Gallagher said what is most concerning is that it is projected to take 7 years to complete this plan as currently proposed added Pat the Cope.He said “It is essential that rural areas are given priority, and especially in the context of the looming threat of Brexit, and the massive pressure border areas will be under with the ongoing uncertainty.“I am calling on the Government to immediately put in place a comprehensive schedule of works, so that each area will know exactly when they are to be connected to the national broadband network.“This plan has the potential to solve all over fibre broadband needs and current problems, but unless it is properly managed it will drag on and areas will be left waiting for years before they actually get connected.” He added that border counties will be under serious pressure in the coming years with the ongoing Brexit uncertainty , that will directly impact business, employers and the broader community, it is therefore imperative that our competitiveness and business & employment supports are fully in place, and nowadays high speed Broadband is critical piece of such infrastructure.He said “Donegal needs to be actively and positively discriminated towards, this will involve the Donegal voice been heard at Government level, this needs for Donegal to be put first on the list – priority status, today as the plan is launched nearly every county is mentioned bar Donegal, even though it got the fourth highest level of premises awaiting connection for broadband.“Plans alone will not deliver broadband to Donegal on time, what is needed in this instance is a real commitment to make areas in Donegal the priority they deserve , that priority status needs to be underpinned by the Government, otherwise areas in Donegal could potentially be left without broadband for up to another 7 years.”Donegal must be a priority in broadband scheme roll-out – Cope was last modified: November 20th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:broadbandPat the Copepriorityroll-out
24 May 2010South Africa’s transport plans for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ are shaping up, the latest development being the appointment of a service provider to procure, operate and manage spectator transport for the mega-event.The Department of Transport has appointed the ESC & The African Experience consortium to manage inter-provincial and regional road transport services for both commuter buses and minibus taxis for spectators during the month-long tournament.Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said he was confident that they would provide a professional service for spectators, as they already operate in the tourism industry.“The taxi industry is to provide a fleet of over 400 mid-buses to ferry spectators around the country, while 110 commuter buses from Autopax will complement these services,” Ndebele said.Fleet usage will be dependent on demand that is generated for the service and ticket sales. Inland and coastal services will also be on offer. The fleet of taxis and buses will be additional to existing transport services in the country.Countrywide servicesThere will be a service between Pretoria, OR Tambo International Airport and Johannesburg, as well as Rustenburg, Polokwane, Mbombela and Bloemfontein.On the coast there will be a service from Knysna to Cape Town via Wilderness, George, Mossel Bay and back. There will also be a service from Mossel Bay to Port Elizabeth via George and Wilderness and back.From East London, spectators will be able to travel to Port Elizabeth via King William’s Town and Grahamstown and back.Further up the coast, services will run between Richards Bay and Durban, the Wild Coast Sun and Durban, and between Pietermaritzburg and Durban.Prices will range from R140 to R300 for a one-way trip. The operational plan and final contract have been finalised for coaches and taxis, said the department.Taxi council supportMeanwhile, the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) is working closely with the consortium to provide a countrywide Minibus solution for spectators.Operational staff will be clearly identifiable through coded arm bands and other branded clothing. “It is not just about sport, it is now truly about transport,” said Ndebele.Source: BuaNews
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12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout taylor hatmaker When Microsoft jumped the gun and announced its next-generation Xbox console last month in Redmond, Wash., it left out two of the most important details — when and how much? On Monday, at its Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) keynote speech, Microsoft let the cat out of the bag: The Xbox One will grace 21 markets this year, retailing for $499 in the U.S, 499€ in Europe and £429 in the U.K. The new console will launch in the U.S. this November, just in time for the holidays (surprise!).Paying For Everything And The Kitchen SinkThe $500 price tag is already freaking out gamers on Facebook and Twitter, which is a bit understandable considering that Microsoft’s “premium” Xbox 360 launched for $100 less back in 2005. But the last console wasn’t nearly as packed with features — consider the Xbox One really, really future-proofed. Powered by an 8-core CPU and packing Kinect 2.0, a Blu-ray drive, 500GB of hard drive storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi (with Wi-Fi Direct), HDMI in and out, gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0, this console is designed to withstand the test of time. What About The Games?Beyond price and availability, Microsoft also answered a lot of questions about upcoming gaming content for the Xbox One. At the Xbox One’s launch event, Microsoft placed a heavy emphasis on the console’s robust interactive TV and home entertainment features, but at E3 the name of the game is, well, games. Microsoft intends to deliver a flotilla of exclusive launch titles including Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Motorsport 5, Sunset Overdrive and Killer Instinct designed to show off the next-gen hardware’s considerable oomph. Privacy And The All-Seeing Eye Of KinectEven as the long-awaited console remains on track for the holiday retail season, some concerns remain. The Xbox One ships with a built-in Kinect motion-sensing camera, which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea — especially now that the sensor is not only capable of seeing and hearing you but taking a peek at your heartbeat too. If having a quasi-sentient multisensor entity at the epicenter of your home doesn’t unsettle you, then perhaps you’ll be up in arms about the Xbox One’s connectivity habits or its utter disregard for your existing collection of games?(See also Microsoft Wants To Turn Kinect Into Big Brother.)Finally, despite the anticipation surrounding the Xbox One, it could be merely setting the stage for Sony to unveil the successor to the PlayStation 3, which is expected to happen Monday night at E3. The Xbox One is an extremely powerful home entertainment hub, but Microsoft’s console may not have the price advantage this time around. Sony’s PlayStation 4 is expected to undercut the price of the Xbox One, but as for the rest, we’ll just have to wait and see.Photo by Taylor Hatmaker. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#gaming#Microsoft#PlayStation 4#Xbox#xbox one