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Praise has been offered for Ireland's National Broadband Scheme (NBS), which is helping reduce the digital divide in Ireland.

Deputy John McGuinness told the Kilkenny Advertiser that the initiative is helping many people in rural areas gain access to broadband for the first time.

The politician claimed that the £200 million NBS will help businesses and consumers make the most of high-speed internet, email and additional services.

For companies especially, the advances in web technology are set to open up local and global markets, improving efficiencies and revenues, he said.

Deputy McGuinness added: "Home users will have access to high-speed and high-capacity wireless broadband, where they can do everything they always wanted to do on the internet, whether it's downloading music, surfing the web, checking emails, booking flights online, renewing their car tax or making free Skype calls abroad."

Economist Jim Power recently told the Donegal News that the county would see economic improvements as a result of the NBS.

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