SDLP Economy Spokesperson Daniel McCrossan MLA has said he wants to see individuals connected and an end to the digital divide in the North of Ireland.
The West Tyrone MLA said: “The report released by DotEcon shows that for every £1 invested, there could be eight times the return, totalling £1.2 billion by 2033.
“This in itself, would create new jobs and better productivity.
“It is also welcome that some of the key beneficiaries from broadband investment would be in rural areas which are majorly impacted by Northern Ireland’s lower superfast broadband coverage, which is currently significantly lower than any other region on these islands.
“It is clear that a digital divide exists in Northern Ireland.
“We owe the rural communities in Northern Ireland fair and equitable access to fast speed broadband, rather than them relying on outdated technologies and having to continually play catch up to the rest of society.
“High quality broadband is not a luxury, it is a necessity. More and more services are moving online, including banking and benefits and that is why is it absolutely essential that rural broadband is prioritised.
“In my Constituency of West Tyrone, I often receive calls from constituents who are frustrated about the lack of efficient broadband and I have made representations to the Department on their behalf.
“The SDLP has lobbied for better rural broadband connectivity and we will continue to push for change to see individuals and businesses better connected,” added Mr McCrossan.