Thursday, 30 May 2019

Ceisteanna (141)

Dara Calleary

Ceist:

141. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the progress to date for each of the 41 action points made in the mobile phone and broadband taskforce report published in December 2016 in which his Department has lead or joint responsibility for implementing; if each such action point has been completed, not completed or is ongoing, respectively; and the revised deadlines for action points not delivered by the original timeframes in tabular form. [23060/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

The Report of the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce was published in December 2016 and included 40 actions to alleviate barriers to mobile phone reception and broadband access. A Taskforce Implementation Group was established in early 2017 to oversee the delivery of the actions in the report.

A Review of the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce report was published on 21 February 2017, and provides a comprehensive progress report on all 40 of the actions included in the original report. In addition, the Review presented the 2018 Work Programme of the Implementation Group, composed of 34 new actions to be progressed during 2018.

The Implementation Review for 2018 was published in January 2019 and provides a progress report on the 2018 Work Programme, as well as setting out 35 new actions for the Implementation Group's 2019 Work Programme, which is currently being progressed.

Now in its third year of operation, the Taskforce continues to identify solutions to barriers to the roll out of telecommunications infrastructure and aims to improve mobile phone and broadband coverage nationwide. The Implementation Reviews and quarterly progress reports highlighting the status of each action can be found on the Gov.ie website at: https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/215136-mobile-phone-and-broadband-taskforce/. The most recent progress report, for Quarter 1 2019, was published on 23rd. May.