Thursday, 11 February 2021

Questions (18)

Noel Grealish

Question:

18. Deputy Noel Grealish asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications if a detailed map and timeline for the roll-out of the national broadband scheme will be provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7836/21]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The High Speed Broadband Map, which is available at www.broadband.gov.ie, shows the areas which will be included in the National Broadband Plan (NBP) State led intervention as well as areas targeted by commercial operators. The map is colour coded and searchable by address and Eircode.

- Premises in the AMBER area will be provided with high speed broadband through the State led Intervention to be delivered by National Broadband Ireland (NBI) under a contract signed in November 2019.

- The BLUE area represents those areas where commercial providers are either currently delivering or have plans to deliver high speed broadband services. For this purpose, the Department defines high speed broadband as a connection with minimum speeds of 30Mbps download and 6Mbps upload.

The deployment plan forecasts construction commenced in all counties within the first 2 years and over 90% of premises in the State having access to high speed broadband within the next four years.

Further details are available on specific areas through the NBI website which provides a facility for any premises within the intervention area to register their interest in being provided with deployment updates through its website www.nbi.ie. Individuals who register with this facility will receive regular updates on progress by NBI on delivering the network and specific updates related to their own premises as works commence. I am advised that NBI is working to provide more detail on its website, with a rolling update on network build plans. NBI also has a dedicated email address, reps@nbi.ie, which can be used by Oireachtas members for specific queries.