Ireland Unveils National Broadband Plan

Bringing faster broadband to rural areas as important for Ireland as rural electrification State Investment of €175M envisaged

August 30, 2012

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DUBLIN -- Communications Minister, Mr. Pat Rabbitte, T.D., today launched “Delivering a Connected Society – A National Broadband Plan for Ireland” which will facilitate the provision of high speed broadband to every home and business in the State over the lifetime of the Government. The plan is focussed on ensuring internet speeds for Irish consumers that are much faster than those generally available today. The plan is the result of detailed engagement with stakeholders including the telecommunications industry.

Launching the plan at the Croke Park Conference Centre this morning Minister Rabbitte said “I want everyone in Ireland to have access to at least 30mbps download speeds no matter how rural their home or business. In addition I’m setting a higher target of at least 40mbps for many areas outside the cities.

“Despite the pressure on Government finances we will invest public funds so as to make sure more thinly populated areas are not left behind. Internet connectivity is now as important for both employment and society as electricity has been for the last 60 years."

Ireland Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

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