High speed broad­band con­nec­tiv­ity com­ing

Bray People - - NEWS -

AN eir­com spokesman came to a meet­ing of Grey­stones Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict last Tues­day evening to tell them about the roll­out of high speed efi­bre broad­band.

Di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the company Paul Bradley told the mem­bers that the area is ahead of many oth­ers.

Derek Mitchell in­vited eir­com to the meet­ing be­cause they have been rolling out broad­band in the area for a year but haven’t been able to tell peo­ple when they can get a faster con­nec­tion.

Mr Bradley said that it will be avail­able town­wide by 2016, with many more in line for 2015.

Cllr Grainne Mclough­lin asked if they are con­sid­er­ing pro­vi­sion for the area of IDA in­vest­ment land.

Mr Bradley said that large multi­na­tion­als would need far more than a do­mes­tic ser­vice so would have their own spe­cific ar­range­ments. How­ever he said that ex­ist­ing business parks are cov­ered be­cause they in­clude small busi­nesses.

Cllr McLough­lin added that there are ugly boxes on the Main Street and asked why they could not have been un­der­ground.

Mr Bradley said that in all cases per­mis­sion had been given for boxes but he con­ceded that er­rors were made as the plans were made work­ing off pa­per.

He said it was a cost­ing is­sue, adding that it could not be done un­der­ground due to the risk of flood­ing.

Cllr Derek Mitchell pressed for spe­cific dates when the needs of the area would be met.

Mr Bradley said that the best way to find out where your build­ing stands at this time is to go to www.broad­band.gov.ie.

The Na­tional Broad­band Plan aims to bring broad­band to the whole of Ire­land through iinvestment by com­mer­cial op­er­a­tors and in­vest­ment by the State. Com­mer­cial op­er­a­tors will pro­vide high speed broad­band to almost 70 per cent of the premises in Ire­land.

How­ever, in ru­ral ar­eas where it may not be prof­itable for com­mer­cial op­er­a­tors to build a net­work, the State will step in. In th­ese ar­eas, the State will build a net­work ca­pa­ble of pro­vid­ing broad­band with speeds of at least 30Mbps, and of scal­ing up to serve this gen­er­a­tion and the next.

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