Written answers

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

National Broadband Plan

Photo of Holly CairnsHolly Cairns (Cork South West, Social Democrats)
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260. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of a broadband connection for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44559/20]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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The premises referred to in the Question is located in the BLUE area on the NBP High Speed Broadband Map which is available on my Department's website at www.broadband.gov.ie. BLUE areas are not included in the State intervention area covered by the National Broadband Plan as commercial operators are already providing high speed broadband or have indicated future plans to do so. My Department defines high speed broadband as a connection with minimum speeds of 30Mbps download and 6Mbps upload. The activities of commercial operators delivering high speed broadband within BLUE areas are not planned or funded by the State and my Department has no statutory authority to intervene in that regard.

Our investigations indicate that eir have now delivered fibre to some of the premises in the estate referred to but have encountered civil issues with underground ducting, leaving some premises unserved. My Department has raised a query with eir to request further clarification on its next steps and associated timeframe to resolve the issue. As soon as a reply is received my Department will revert to the Deputy with a further update.


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