16/08/16

National Broadband Plan

Role of this Department

The Programme for a Partnership Government commits to measures to assist in the rollout of the network once a contract or contracts have been awarded.  The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht affairs  has been tasked with ensuring there are no local barriers to deployment and also with identifying priority areas for rollout which will in turn feed into the procurement process and rollout schedule for the winning bidder(s).

This Department has established 2 Regional Broadband Action Groups, who will work with Local Authorities, Local Enterprise Offices, LEADER Groups and other relevant agencies. The Action Groups will work to accelerate the broadband network build in rural Ireland, once a contract(s) has been awarded, by ensuring that there are no local barriers identifying priority areas for rollout. They will also assist in the development of Rural Digital Strategies, as set out in the Programme for a Partnership Government.

Who will benefit from the National Broadband Plan?

Through ongoing commercial investment, most of our cities and towns will benefit from high speed broadband over the coming years. The areas that are not covered by commercial investment are the target for the State funded investment.

The NBP’s ambition is to achieve 100% coverage across Ireland within 3 – 5 years of commencement of large scale rollout. This will be achieved through a combination of commercial investment and the State-led intervention.

The profile of the area expected to be addressed by the intervention strategy includes:

  • 96% of national land mass
  • 100,000km of road network
  • All off-shore islands
  • Over 757,000 postal addresses
  • 1.8m citizens (38% of national population)
  • 688,000 members of active labour force (38% of national total)
  • 214,000 white collar employees (34% of national total)
  • 89% of farm employment (139,000 farmers nationally)
  • 80,266 farms (94% of national total of farms)
  • 63,440 non-farm businesses (B&Bs, shops, doctors, etc.)
  • 62,226 SMEs, primarily micro
  • 1,522 schools (40% of total)
  • 601 business parks (7% of national total)

Further information, mapping & how to check if I am in the intervention area?

If you would like further information in relation to the NBP, or you would like to check if your premises is located in the intervention area, you can visit the National Broadband Plan website at www.broadband.gov.ie and then locate your premises  on the map, enter your Eircode or use Eircode Finder tool or type your address into the search box.

Contact

For further information on this Departments role in relation to the NBP please contact the Post Office Network & Broadband Implementation Unit at broadband@ahg.gov.ie or on 0188832400

Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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