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National Broadband Plan

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 23 November 2021

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Questions (205)

Michael Lowry


205. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications when the installation of fibre broadband to Terryglass, County Tipperary (details supplied) will proceed under the National Broadband Plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57524/21]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

I appreciate people's frustration when they are living so close to a fibre network but cannot get a connection to that network, particularly given the heightened importance of connectivity during the Covid-19 pandemic. The NBP will ensure that in all such cases a future proofed high speed broadband network will be built to serve these premises and work to deliver on this is underway.  

Given the scale and complexity of delivery of the new high speed broadband network under the NBP, I am advised that any dates provided by NBI on its website are based on the best available information at the time and may be subject to change.I am advised by National Broadband Ireland (NBI) that, as of 12 November, over 277,000 premises across all counties have been surveyed or have surveys underway and over 125,000 premises have build currently underway. NBI has also advised that the first premises are connected in Cavan, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Monaghan and over 30,000 premises are available to order and pre-order across 12 counties.  Broadband Connection Points (BCPs) are a key element of the NBP providing high speed broadband in every county in advance of the roll out of the fibre to the home network. As of 12 November, 389 BCPs have been installed by NBI, and the high speed broadband service will be switched on in these locations through service provider contracts managed by the Department of Rural and Community Development for publicly accessible sites and the Department of Education for schools. Public BCP sites installed in County Tipperary include Aglish Community Hall, Drom Community Centre, Rossmore Community Hall, Curreeney Community Hall, Killoscully Community Centre, Killea GAA Club, Moyglass Community Hall, Killurney Community Centre, Fanure Community Hall, Boher Parish Hall, Latteragh Community Centre, Ballinahinch Community Centre, Kilcoleman Community & Recreational Centre, The Apple Camping & Caravan Park, Ballinderry Sportsfield, Lismackin Community Hall and Knockanore Community Centre. NBI have informed the Department that the particular site referenced in the Question, is due to be installed next month.

Question No. 206 answered with Question No. 199.