Thursday, 7 March 2019

Ceisteanna (191)

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

191. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if residences (details supplied) will be connected to the fibre optic roll-out plan in County Galway; the expected date of delivery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11300/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

All premises referenced by the Deputy are in the AMBER area on the National Broadband Plan (NBP) High Speed Broadband Map, which is available on my Department's website at www.broadband.gov.ie. The AMBER areas represent the target areas for the proposed State led Intervention under the NBP. This intervention is the subject of an ongoing procurement process. The procurement process to appoint a bidder for the State intervention network is now at the final stage. I will bring a recommendation to Government in relation to the NBP in the coming weeks.

For those premises currently awaiting access to high speed broadband, practical initiatives will continue to be addressed through the work of the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce to address obstacles and improve connectivity in respect of existing and future mobile phone and broadband services.

Under this Taskforce, engagement between telecommunications operators and local authorities through the Broadband Officers is continuing. These Broadband Officers are acting as single points of contact in local authorities for their communities. The appointment of these officers is already reaping rewards in terms of ensuring a much greater degree of consistency in engagements.