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STATE INTERVENTION REQUIRED IN SOME AREAS
Government plans to roll out high speed broadband to rural Ireland will involve state intervention in locations where commercial operators won’t be delivering.
Homes, businesses and schools will be delivered highspeed broadband access by the end of 2016 by commercial providers. The state will invest in all the remaining areas not involving commercial operators.
The plans for Wicklow involve 1,359 townlands covering 16,574 townlands. 26 per cent are within the National Broadband Plan intervention area, while 74 per cent fall within the commercial operator area.
The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White TD said his department plans to issue a public tender for the state intervention by the end of 2015.
‘ The delivery of high quality broadband is about ensuring that our citizens in rural Ireland have the same life chances, and the same access to information, culture, ideas, social interaction and opportunity that people in urban areas can enjoy,’ said Minister White.
‘It’s also about jobs in the rural economy. By ensuring access to high quality broadband, we will help attract investment and ensure that businesses in rural Ireland can stay in rural Ireland.
‘We will also enable people to live in their local communities and work from home if that works for them. And it’s about families and communities – helping us keep in touch with loved ones, enabling our children to use the internet as a rich learning resource at school and at home, and giving people rapid access to a full range of public services.’
Maps and information on Wicklow are available at www. broadband.gov.ie, including details on the townlands where high speed broadband will be available from commercial operators such as eircom or UPC by 2016.
The site also contains information on townlands where the state will have to intervene to address the balance of premises those companies do not plan to address.
A consultation on the content of the maps closes on February 12 2015 and aims to accurately reflect the extend of the planned state investment in high-speed broadband infrastructure.
This is necessary to ensure that the state intervention doesn’t compete with commercial provision, as is required under EU guidelines.
Wicklow town, Bray, Greystones and Arklow will be included in eircom’s plans to roll out one gigabit broadband by December 2017.
A map of Wicklow outlining the rolling out of broadband.