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Published: 22nd Jun 2016

Residents of County Donegal in Ireland may be facing a long wait for super-fast broadband to become available.

The Irish government's National Broadband Plan is to focus on improving connectivity in areas that have not been covered by commercial fibre optic services. However, it will not begin until next year and may not be completed until 2021.

As a result, some rural areas of County Donegal could have to wait six years until super-fast services are available, thejournal.ie reports.

Local bar/restaurant owner Tim Bechtold told the newspaper about the difficulties the lack of connectivity in the region creates. He said slow connection speeds make it impossible to upload videos that could be used to attract customers. Mr Bechtold also expressed his disappointment at the fact it may take longer for super-fast connectivity to become available.

"I expected some things to take time, but this is actually a bit ridiculous on how long it is taking. We’ve been told it’s going to be the end of the summer but if you’re telling me 2021 – it’s like ‘Oh my God! Are you kidding me!'," he stated.

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