Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Ceisteanna (514)

Dara Calleary

Ceist:

514. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development further to Parliamentary Question No. 573 of 9 April 2019, the status of the over 300 sites that have been identified as the first places to receive a connection under the national broadband plan. [46207/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

The Broadband Connection Point (BCP) initiative will see over 300 sites in remote and rural areas across the country provided with high-speed broadband as part of the National Broadband Plan (NBP). Locations chosen as BCPs will make connectivity publicly available, supporting rural communities and economies.

BCP sites might include, for instance, schools, community centres and tourist sites and access to these sites will be allowed in line with each site’s own policies. Owners of the proposed sites have been engaging with Local Authority Broadband Officers to discuss access arrangements and levels of service to be delivered to the public.

Officials from the Department of Rural and Community Development are continuing to work closely with their colleagues in the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and with Local Authorities on this initiative.