Written answers

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

National Broadband Plan Implementation

Photo of Anne RabbitteAnne Rabbitte (Galway East, Fianna Fail)
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522. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated time for connection under the roll-out of the national broadband plan for an area (details supplied); if this property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11463/19]

Photo of Richard BrutonRichard Bruton (Dublin Bay North, Fine Gael)
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I welcome recent announcements of further commercial investment in high speed broadband infrastructure by telecommunications operators. While my Department has received high level presentations from the operators with regard to their recent announcements, the operators have not published, or provided my Department with, detailed commercial or technical plans identifying the individual premises to be served.

The premises referenced by the Deputy is in the BLUE area on the National Broadband Plan (NBP) High Speed Broadband Map, which is available on my Department's website at . The BLUE areas are where commercial providers are either currently delivering, or have plans to deliver, high speed broadband services.

Where a citizen living in a Blue area is unable to obtain a high speed broadband service, I would encourage them to email my Department at broadband@dccae.gov.ie with their Eircode and details of the service providers they have contacted and the issues encountered in respect of accessing high speed broadband.

Photo of Anne RabbitteAnne Rabbitte (Galway East, Fianna Fail)
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523. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated time for connection of a property (details supplied) under the roll-out of the national broadband plan for the area; if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11472/19]

Photo of Anne RabbitteAnne Rabbitte (Galway East, Fianna Fail)
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525. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if this property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11485/19]

Photo of Anne RabbitteAnne Rabbitte (Galway East, Fianna Fail)
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526. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if this property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11486/19]

Photo of Anne RabbitteAnne Rabbitte (Galway East, Fianna Fail)
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527. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if this property was part of the additional 80, 000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11487/19]

Photo of Anne RabbitteAnne Rabbitte (Galway East, Fianna Fail)
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528. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated time for the connection of a property (details supplied) to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property; if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11506/19]

Photo of Anne RabbitteAnne Rabbitte (Galway East, Fianna Fail)
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529. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11519/19]

Photo of Anne RabbitteAnne Rabbitte (Galway East, Fianna Fail)
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530. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11520/19]

Photo of Anne RabbitteAnne Rabbitte (Galway East, Fianna Fail)
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531. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11522/19]

Photo of Anne RabbitteAnne Rabbitte (Galway East, Fianna Fail)
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532. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated time for connection to the roll-out of the national broadband plan for a property (details supplied); if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11523/19]

Photo of Anne RabbitteAnne Rabbitte (Galway East, Fianna Fail)
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533. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated timeframe for a broadband connection for a property (details supplied); the timeframe for the roll-out of the national broadband plan for the area; if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11529/19]

Photo of Anne RabbitteAnne Rabbitte (Galway East, Fianna Fail)
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534. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated timeframe for a broadband connection for a property (details supplied); the timeframe for roll-out of the national broadband plan for the area; if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11530/19]

Photo of Anne RabbitteAnne Rabbitte (Galway East, Fianna Fail)
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535. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated timeframe for a broadband connection for a property (details supplied); the timeframe for roll-out of the national broadband plan for the area; if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11531/19]

Photo of Anne RabbitteAnne Rabbitte (Galway East, Fianna Fail)
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536. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated timeframe for a broadband connection for a property (details supplied); the timeframe for roll-out of the national broadband plan for the area; if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11532/19]

Photo of Anne RabbitteAnne Rabbitte (Galway East, Fianna Fail)
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537. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated timeframe for a broadband connection for a property (details supplied); the timeframe for roll-out of the national broadband plan for the area; if the property was part of the additional 80,000 residential and businesses expansion recently announced by a company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11533/19]

Photo of Richard BrutonRichard Bruton (Dublin Bay North, Fine Gael)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 523 and 525 to 537, inclusive, together.

I welcome recent announcements of further commercial investment in high speed broadband infrastructure by telecommunications operators. While my Department has received high level presentations from the operators with regard to their recent announcements, the operators have not published, or provided my Department with, detailed commercial or technical plans identifying the individual premises to be served.

The 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.

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