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DUP Leader Arlene Foster has said Project Stratum contract award is an example of Democratic Unionist Party delivery for everyone in Northern Ireland that will help heal the digital divide in Northern Ireland.

She said, “The £150million investment into broadband is a direct result of the Democratic Unionist Party using its influence at Westminster to deliver for everyone.

Access to broadband was identified by the Party as a key priority for Northern Ireland in 2017 when we negotiated the Confidence and Supply Agreement.

Whilst there is a need for access to broadband across all areas of Northern Ireland, it is particularly acute in rural communities where many people suffer low speeds or an inability to access broadband altogether. This investment secured by the DUP will help to heal that digital divide in Northern Ireland.”

The importance of good quality broadband has been underscored in recent months with many more people needing online access for remote working and learning. With speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second being delivered to nearly all premises within the target areas it will ensure that Northern Ireland can be on the cutting edge in terms of online access.”