The Leeuwarder Courant reports that there are approximately 21,000 homes and businesses in the province of Friesland without a cable or fiberoptic internet connection.
The total number represents 7.4 percent of all Frisian addresses. The province carried out an inventory last year to map out where people do not have connections to fast internet cables and found that most addresses with a slow connection were located in the southeastern municipalities.
The inventory did not include the Wadden Islands, military facilities, transformers, sport club canteens, recreational areas, beach houses, the Afsluitdijk and Vliehorst. The inventory revealed that people who live just outside the city limits or in particularly small villages are likelier to have a dial up connection.
The province has plans to improve connectivity in the coming years: Kabelnoord in Dokkum will receive 35 million euros to install fiberoptic cable in areas including Achtkarspelen and Tytsjerksteradiel. In June, KPN will being laying fiberoptic cable in Jonkerslân.
How is the internet connection where you work or live? Check out the maps below to see if what’s up at your address.
Heerenveen (purple), Ooststellingwerf (red), Opsterland (blue), Smallingerland (green) and Weststellingwerf (yellow)
De Fryske Marren (red) and Súdwest-Fryslân (blue)
|Northwest Friesland and Leeuwarden:|
Harlingen (red), Waadhoeke (blue) and Leeuwarden (green)
Dongeradeel (red), Dantumadiel (blue), Ferwerderadiel (green), Kollumerland (purple), Achtkarspelen (black) and Tytsjerksteradiel (yellow)