Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Questions (348)

Margaret Murphy O'Mahony


348. Deputy Margaret Murphy O'Mahony asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of broadband connection points planned for south-west County Cork under the national broadband plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22369/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

In the first year of the National Broadband Plan roll-out, approximately 300 Broadband Connection Points (BCPs) will be deployed across all counties. It is anticipated that between 7 and 23 BCPs will be deployed in each county, including Cork. BCPs will provide a community based high speed broadband service, enhancing online participation and allowing for the establishment of digital work hubs in these locations. Locations for the BCPs have been identified by local broadband officers and are spread across each county. These include schools, businesses, community centres and sports clubs. BCPs will, at a minimum, provide free public Wifi access. Some locations will also have additional facilities such as hot-desking.

A list of BCPs will be published later this year.