Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (44)

Emer Higgins

Question:

44. Deputy Emer Higgins asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the reason a property (details supplied) is not included in the intervention area for the roll-out of fibre optic cables even though the area is currently being surveyed and cables are being laid to service the neighbouring homes. [8219/21]

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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, the contract for which was signed in November last with National Broadband Ireland (NBI). The BLUE area represents those areas where commercial providers are either currently delivering or have plans to deliver high speed broadband services.

The premises referred to in the Question is currently located in the BLUE area on the High Speed Broadband Map. Investigations by my Department indicate, however, that the premises is located in an area where other neighbouring premises are in the Intervention Area. It appears that this premises may not have been included in the AMBER area due to an anomaly. If the conclusion of the investigation is that the premises should be included in the Intervention Area then it will be and the High Speed Broadband Map will be updated to reflect this. Importantly, as the network will pass all houses on the road, there is no question of anyone being left behind.