Written answers

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

National Broadband Plan Implementation

Photo of Robert TroyRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail)
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291. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if phase one of the national broadband plan roll-out by a company will service a property (details supplied). [12582/19]

Photo of Richard BrutonRichard Bruton (Dublin Bay North, Fine Gael)
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The premises referred to by the Deputy is in the AMBER area on the National Broadband Plan (NBP) High Speed Broadband Map, which is available on my Department's website at . 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 return to Government shortly with a recommendation.

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.

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