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Homeowners living across the Irish midlands will be able to access high-speed internet services in the near future, it has been revealed.

Broadband provider UPC has announced plans to invest €15 million (£12.7 million) in broadband, digital TV and home phone services, which will be rolled out to thousands of homes in areas including Sligo and Athlone.

According to SiliconRepublic.com, the company hopes to offer the public all three services in an affordable package.

Mark Coan, Sales and Marketing Director at UPC, told the website that access to such services is critical for many communities.

He added: "This is the completion of a three-year investment programme in these six towns, which has seen us completely overhaul and rebuild the cable networks, investing well over €15 million in total."

The Irish Times recently revealed that the country's broadband provider Eircom has launched a new policy to disconnect web users who persistently share files illegally.

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