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Broadband Services Provision

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 23 January 2013

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Ceisteanna (173)

Seán Kyne

Ceist:

173. Deputy Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if, in acknowledgement of the very welcome progress made by his Department in conjunction with the Department of Education and Skills, in delivering 100 mbps broadband to schools in counties including Galway, it is technologically feasible to extend the service to homes and businesses near the schools. [3468/13]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

The infrastructure that delivers the 100 Mbps broadband connection to post-primary schools is built on a platform that utilises local access service providers, national backhaul service providers and HEAnet’s national backbone infrastructure. The service provision is on a dedicated point to point basis i.e. from the school building to the service provider’s network and onward onto HEAnet’s network. As such, the extension of the service to homes and local businesses near the school is not technologically feasible nor is it permitted under the terms of the contracts with the service providers or HEAnet.

The Government is however, committed to the provision of high speed broadband to all citizens and businesses across Ireland through a combination of public and private sector investment, which is set out in its National Broadband Plan. The plan commits to at least 30 mpbs connectivity to all parts of Ireland, including Galway.

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