Alliance East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, has played a hugely influential role in bringing ultrafast fibre-optic broadband to the Greenisland area.
Following complaints, Mr Dickson contacted OFCOM regarding slow and inadequate broadband in the area. Mr Dickson subsequently began talks with Virgin Media who expressed their desire to set up an ultrafast broadband network and give citizens the opportunity to switch providers.
Mr Dickson said: “This is an exciting opportunity for Greenisland residents and will allow them to experience faster broadband speeds that many households across the UK are currently enjoying.
“I have been informed by representatives of Virgin Media that there will be minimal disruption during this process and have received guarantees that the interests of residents will be first and foremost. Construction work near busy schools will be completed with minimal disruption and all work will be done as quickly and safely as possible, so that there will be no major disruption to any one property.”
Mr Dickson concluded: “This should go a long way to eradicate the current broadband problems in Greenisland and I would hope that Virgin Media will be able to continue to move eastward into Carrickfergus, Whitehead and Larne and then into more rural areas of my East Antrim constituency in the future.”
A Virgin media spokesperson said: “Families and businesses from Greenisland will soon benefit from ultrafast broadband up to 12 times faster than the average speed available today.
“Virgin Media stands ready to invest in Northern Ireland, without subsidy from Stormont, London or Brussels. But, like any major infrastructure investment, we need support from local authorities and Government to cut through red-tape so we can connect more homes and businesses more quickly.”
If residents or businesses are interested in having this service extended to their area, they are encouraged to register their interest via the Virgin Media website and ‘Cable My Street’. Community information events are being organised. If residents have an issue or concern they can contact Virgin Media via 0870 8883116 (option 3) or by emailing ExpansionWorks@virginmedia.co.uk.