Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Ceisteanna (563)

Lisa Chambers


563. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of the national broadband plan; and when works will begin to roll out State intervention broadband in County Mayo. [52998/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

The National Broadband Plan is the Government’s plan to rollout high speed broadband to the 1.1 million people living and working in the nearly 540,000 premises including almost 100,000 businesses and farms, along with 695 schools, where commercial operators will not commit to deliver the service.

Following the contract signing on 19 November, work has already begun and a deployment plan will be made available by NBI shortly. All counties will see premises passed in the first 2 years and over 90% of premises in the State will have access to high speed broadband within the next four years.

By the end of 2021, NBI plans to pass approximately 115,000 premises, with 70,000 - 100,000 passed each year thereafter until rollout is completed. NBI has indicated that the network rollout will take an estimated 7 years from the beginning of deployment.

The planned rollout will provide access to high speed broadband to 36,360 premises located in the Intervention Area in Co. Mayo through a combined investment of approximately €145m over 25 years.

Approximately 300 Broadband Connections Points (BCPs), including schools, library hubs and local sports halls in every county in Ireland, including Co. Mayo, will be connected to high speed broadband during 2020, to enable communities to quickly get free public access to high speed broadband. The BCP locations are available to view on the High Speed Broadband Map on the Department’s website www.dccae.gov.ie.

The BCPs have been specifically selected by the local authorities so that they can provide public Wi-Fi and other facilities to support mini digital/enterprise hubs to the local community in advance of the main NBP deployment. Broadband Officers in each Local Authority were tasked with consulting with local communities and business to find the appropriate mix of locations to reap the maximum benefits.

All BCPs will have a free public Wi-Fi connection, some will also have hot-desks, and some will be digital hub business centres where digital training, business information events and other SME supports are organised. The 12 BCPs planned for deployment in Mayo are:

- Belderrig Community Centre, Belderrig Beg, Co. Mayo, F26KXV6

- Bofeenaun Community Centre, Curraghmore, Bofeenaun, Ballina, Co. Mayo, F26D5W4

- Finny Community Centre, Finny, Clonbur, Co. Mayo, F12Y680

- Islandeady Community Centre, Rinnaseer, Islandeady, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, F23DK07

- Keel Community Centre, Keel, Achill, Co. Mayo, F28XA33

- Keenagh Community Centre, Keenagh More, Keenagh Beg, Ballina, Co. Mayo, F26X893

- Killala Business Park, Killala, Co. Mayo, F26V8P4

- Killasser Community Centre, Killasser, Swinford, Co. Mayo, F12HH97

- Kilmovee Community Centre, Kilmovee, Ballaghadereen, Co. Mayo, F45WY80

- Clare Island Library, Clare Island Community Centre, Capnagower, Clare Island, Co. Mayo, F28KP99

- National Parks & Wildlife Service, Ballycroy National Park, Lagduff More, Ballycroy, Westport, Co. Mayo, F28XF50

- Taugheen Community Centre, Carrowmore, Tagheen, Claremorris, Co. Mayo, F12F5N7