Written answers

Wednesday, 14 September 2022

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Broadband Infrastructure

Photo of Malcolm NoonanMalcolm Noonan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Green Party)
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87. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if his attention has been drawn to an issue concerning the accessibility to fibre broadband for a remote working hub (details supplied); if the matter will be reviewed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44394/22]

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.  Under State aid rules, my Department is not permitted to displace commercial investment by intervening in areas where commercial investment exists or is planned, as to do so would be an infringement of these State aid rules. 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.

Complaints about service provision are a matter to be dealt with between the consumer and the service provider in the first instance. If this avenue has been exhausted without a satisfactory resolution, the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) may be able to assist further.


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