High speed broadband connectivity coming
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.