What is the National Broadband Plan?
The National Broadband Plan (NBP) is the Government’s taxpayer-funded scheme to connect a quarter of Ireland’s homes and businesses (540,000) to top-level fibre broadband. Most of these premises are in rural areas, where conventional broadband firms won’t invest in infrastructure due to sparsely laid-out properties that would be unprofitable.
The criteria for a house or business to be included in the NBP catchment area is the lack of any existing broadband service capable of delivering a minimum of 30Mbs. Because most of the planned new NBP service will be fibre, this will give the fastest speeds in the country. But laying all that fibre (right up to your home or company) is a laborious, expensive business that is expected to take at least three years and cost well over €1bn.