The Sperrins is the No. 1 most deprived area of the north for 'Access to Services' (NI Statistics & Research Agency). Lack of broadband has had a detrimental impact on peoples health and well-being. It has increased isolation, negatively impacted on local businesses and on peoples ability to work from home. As a consequence of little or no broadband, children cannot benefit from home learning during the COVID restrictions and this is having a profound impact on them, their families and their teachers. Project Stratum will deliver superfast broadband to most homes in the area by Winter 2023 but the Department for the Economy, in partnership with other government departments and the Dept. for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport must work together now to improve the current provision and develop a scheme to reach homes that are not currently included in the Project Stratum intervention area.