Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (322)

Regina Doherty

Question:

322. Deputy Regina Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the progress that is being made in bringing broadband to rural areas in County Meath, particularly in the Kilbride area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11266/13]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

I refer to my reply to your Question No. 434 dated 12th February 2013. As outlined in my response to you, broadband provision through private and State investment means that Ireland has met the EU Commission’s Digital Agenda for Europe 2013 target of having a basic broadband service available to all areas, including County Meath. The National Broadband Plan which I launched last August aims to radically change the broadband landscape in Ireland by ensuring that high speed services of at least 30Mbps are available to all of our citizens and businesses, well in advance of the EU’s target date of 2020. I also outlined in my response to you the progress being made in relation to the implementation of the Plan. Work in this regard continues. I would reiterate that the Government remains committed to the delivery of the speeds referred to in the Plan, to ensure that all parts of Ireland, including Kilbride and other rural areas in County Meath, will have at least 30Mbps connectivity.