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PPS 10: Telecommunications
Policy and Legislative Context: Regional Development Strategy

2.5 The Regional Development Strategy for Northern Ireland 2025 (RDS) published in September 2001 by the Department for Regional Development acknowledges that continuing developments in telecommunications are likely to have a significant further impact on economic growth. The Strategy indicates that further enhancement of the telecommunications network can be a ‘winner’ in off-setting perceived peripherality and in levering future economic development for Northern Ireland.
2.6 The RDS highlights the need for the development of a long term investment strategy for infrastructure supportive of the regional economy, involving both public and private sectors. This will include promoting the development of an up-to-date, highly competitive telecommunication infrastructure – in terms of capacity, technology, access and costs. The RDS also encourages the use of information technology, telecommunications and tele-working in rural areas to help facilitate the development of rural industries, businesses and enterprises.
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