The National Broadband plan has forgotten a well known village outside of Athlone according to a local councillor.
Glasson Village in Westmeath has a population of several 100 and is being left out of connection plans according to the NBI website.
Work is currently taking place in the wider area in installing the infrastructure to allow connection to high speed broadband.
However, according to both Councillor John Dolan and the National Broadband Plan website many properties in the village itself and surrounding lands are not included in the roll out, with others not scheduled until 2025 and 2026.
The state agency says that the village itself has or will have access to broadband from private operators up to certain speeds.
The local councillor believes this will have a negative impact on the village in a time when the surrounding areas are seeing significant rejuvenation.
Speaking to Let's Talk today, Councillor Dolan says local homes and businesses need access to high speed broadband as a mater of urgency:
I'm not a bit happy. There are a number of people trying to run a business and numerous people working from home.
I know everyone won't have fibre at the one time, but I just think for use of resources, this plan is costing alot of money.
I think while they are in the area, they should finish an area fully before moving on.