Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1530)

Darragh O'Brien


1530. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when the residents of an estate (details supplied) will have high speed broadband access delivered under the national broadband plan in view of the fact that commercial operators are not delivering or have indicated there are no plans to deliver such services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36283/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

Since the initial publication of the High Speed Broadband Map (available at my Department has monitored the deployment of broadband infrastructure by commercial operators across the country and will continue to do so. The Map is dynamic. This means that either during the procurement, or following award of an NBP contract, the Map can be updated to reflect new commercial plans, or previous plans that have failed to materialise. This flexibility allows for an increase or decrease in the number of premises included in the State Intervention area. For example, should telecommunications operators’ plans for premises in commercial areas of the Map (marked as BLUE on the Map) not materialise it may become necessary for my Department to intervene and include premises in the State Intervention.

As part of this ongoing monitoring my Department is currently conducting a consultation on the Map. Mabestown is one of the areas that have been identified as containing some premises where plans from commercial premises have not materialised. As part of this process my Department is seeking submissions from individuals such as those in Mabestown. Individuals can make a submission, providing details of any correspondence with service providers where they requested a broadband service, the Eircode of the premises and any other relevant information via the dedicated email address for the consultation by 20th September 2019.

Question No. 1531 answered with Question No. 1513.