51% of homes must wait for roll-out of National Broadband Plan

Leitrim Observer Reporter

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51% of homes are waiting on State intervention to secure high speed broadband.

51% of homes in Leitrim fall into areas which will require State intervention under the National Broadband Plan (NBP) in order to ensure high speed broadband access.
The NBP aims to ensure high speed access of a minimum of 30 megabits per second to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.
According to the latest mapping data released to Leitrim County Council by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, there are 22,000 premises in Leitrim and approximately 11,000 of these fall into the NBP area.
“For those premises awaiting high speed broadband connection, the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce continues to identify immediate solutions to existing broadband and mobile phone coverage deficits and to investigate how better services could be provided to consumers,” noted Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton in a letter to Leitrim County Council.
“Constituents may also be able to avail of higher speeds via a fixed wireless, mobile broadband or satellite service in the interim,” he said.
The minister said that the procurement process to engage a company to roll-out the new high speed broadband network in the State intervention area is “now at the final stage, with assessment ongoing of the final tender submission.”
Leitrim County Councillors point out that the wait for high speed broadband is severely hampering efforts to bring new investment into rural areas. Councillors have expressed dissatisfaction at the time it has taken to bring the NBP procurement process to this stage and say it now must be finalised.