Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (45, 46)

James Lawless

Question:

45. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications if he will examine the broadband connectivity issues that are occurring in Blackhall, Clane, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8233/21]

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Bernard Durkan

Question:

46. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications when access to high-speed broadband will be provided in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8266/21]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 45 and 46 together.

The premises referred to in the Questions are located in the BLUE area on the NBP High Speed Broadband Map which is available on my Department's website at www.broadband.gov.ie. BLUE areas are not included in the State intervention area covered by the National Broadband Plan as commercial operators are already providing high speed broadband or have indicated future plans to do so. My Department defines high speed broadband as a connection with minimum speeds of 30Mbps download and 6Mbps upload. The activities of commercial operators delivering high speed broadband within BLUE areas are not planned or funded by the State and my Department has no statutory authority to intervene in that regard.

My Department has, however, looked into the matters raised and I understand that the premises are included in the area covered by the eir 300k rollout of rural fibre to the home. I am advised that eir has indicated it is currently engaging with the local authority to resolve an issue that has delayed the rollout of this fibre broadband network.