~~COMPETITION TIME~~ Join us on O'Connell Street, Sligo this Saturday from 1pm for your chance to win 1 YEAR of FREE BROADBAND! 📺 📩 📱Competition entry details to follow on the day. Don't miss out 👍🏆 😂 (T&C's apply) ... See MoreSee Less
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Has anyone seen our new window display on O'Connell Street? #fastfibre #6monthcontract ... See MoreSee Less
Design, print & fitting completed for advertising space for Fastcom last week!
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Here it is!!! A bit of an education on how The Ballast team turns a plain van in to a memorable piece of advertisement for the Fastcom vehicle fleet, designed by Darragh Kerrigan. An advertising billboard on wheels, some would say... Enjoy!
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Tony McLoughlin T.D. recently called into our office to discuss broadband and broadband infrastructure in the North-West. We would like to thank Tony for his time and also for his continued efforts in making this a priority for the North-West region ... See MoreSee Less
National Broadband Companies Have No Excuses For Lack of Supply in Rural Areas: McLoughlin Fine Gael T.D., for Sligo – Leitirm, Tony McLoughlin has criticised the majority of national broadband providers in this country as not having any real interest in many parts of rural Ireland or the people who live within it. McLoughlin’s tough comments come as the Government’s ‘National Broadband Plan’ enters the bidding stage of the national tendering process. On the issue of broadband in this constituency, McLoughlin said “I recently met with two local broadband suppliers, Fastcom Broadband in Sligo town and WestConnect which is operating from Culfadda, who are both providing high speed ‘line-of-sight’ broadband to homes and businesses in both Co. Sligo and Co. Leitrim”. “To see the results which these two companies are having in many rural areas of this constituency, which in my opinion have been forgotten about by many national broadband providers, is amazing and people should know about their services and what they have to offer”. “For example, I recently accepted WestConnect’s invitation to visit its operation in Culfadda. To see, first-hand how this company can provide high speed broadband to many areas, where even mobile phone coverage was minimal, was inspiring”. “I have been advised that for the majority of cases, it is not about the speed or the quality of the internet available in the Co. Sligo or Co. Leitrim region. It is simply about the lack of will from the larger companied to invest often small amounts of funding on specific resources and infrastructure”. “My question is, if it is profitable for local broadband companies to target rural areas where there is little to no coverage, why then do the bigger companies refuse to engage in this roll out”? “The other frustrating aspect which arises for many families and businesses in rural Ireland is that after they buy a broadband contract from a national supplier, under the impression that it will be high speed, to their dismay, after it has been installed, the speed is terribly slow and they are then tied into a minimum 12 month contract with this company”. “This is not acceptable in this day and age and I believe that COMREG should play a bigger role in addressing this growing problem”. “As stated during the most recent General Election, one of my key priorities if elected was to highlight the problems we have with broadband in my Constituency and to fight for better broadband services here”. “Whilst I do welcome both Eir and Siro’s current infrastructure upgrade process, I don’t know how far into the rural areas they will go. Likewise with the ‘National Broadband Plan’ it will be up to two or three years before many rural areas begin to see the effects of this Government initiative. In the meantime, people and businesses should know about the options which these two local companies can offer and I would advise people to contact them if they struggle with broadband”. “Broadband is as important now as electricity was in the early 1900s. Rural businesses need access to high speed broadband to be able to compete with those in larger urban areas. We talk about the need to entice people to say in our local towns and villages, and broadband is key to this” concluded McLoughlin.
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