High­speed broad­band forallby2016

STATE IN­TER­VEN­TION RE­QUIRED IN SOME AR­EAS

Bray People - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

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.

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