The roll out of high-speed broadband for homes, schools, businesses and farms across Ireland will start within eight weeks after the Government today signed the contract for the National Broadband Plan.
The government also published a list of approximately 300 community centres, schools, library hubs and local GAA halls in every county in Ireland that will be connected to high speed broadband during 2020, to enable communities to quickly get free public access to high speed broadband.
According to the Government, the contract signing today means all of rural Ireland will get the same access to opportunities offered by high-speed broadband as those in urban areas.
The National Broadband Plan is the government’s plan to rollout high speed broadband to the 1.1 million people living and working in the nearly 540,000 premises including 100,000 businesses and farms, and over 600 schools, where commercial operators will not commit to deliver the service. The government have today signed the contract with National Broadband Ireland. Work will begin immediately and with plans for over 90% of premises in the State to have access to high speed broadband within the next four years.
Speaking in St Kevin’s National School, Ballard in Wicklow, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said, "This contract means that every home, school, farm and business in Ireland will get access to high speed broadband. No part of the country will be left behind in securing the jobs and opportunities of the future. And as we know, the future is already here in our daily lives with online access offering ever more opportunities for living and working."
He added, "Broadband will be the biggest investment in Rural Ireland ever. We can have more people working from home, a better work-life balance, fewer car journeys, and fewer greenhouse gas emissions. We can connect better with the world, with family members, with business, with new ideas and new ways of doing things."