407. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when Carbury, County Kildare, will have access to fibre broadband; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52604/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that today over 67% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband. This is set to increase to 77% (1.8m premises) by the end of 2018 and...

411. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when a location (details supplied) will be supplied with fibre broadband. (Question 52748/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that today over 67% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband. This is set to increase to 77% (1.8m premises) by the end of 2018 and...

413. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when fibre optic high-speed broadband will be provided to a person (details supplied) who is 100 m from connection to the services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52844/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that today over 67% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband. This is set to increase to 77% (1.8m premises) by the end of 2018 and...

418. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding the provision of fibre broadband; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53052/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that today over 67% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband and this is set to increase to 77% (1.8m premises) by the end of 2018 a...

186. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when the planned roll-out of fibre optic broadband will commence in areas (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52422/17 asked on 07 Dec 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that today over 67% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband and this is set to increase to 77% (1.8m premises) by the end of 2018 a...

187. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if a company (details supplied) has met its commitments at the end of quarter 3 of 2017 on the roll-out of high speed broadband in rural areas; the number of premises served to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52468/17 asked on 07 Dec 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 187 and 188 together. 
The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) will ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland via a combination of commercial investment and State Intervention.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecommunications sector so that to date over 1.5m or 67% of the 2.3m premises in...

188. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of premises served under a contract with a company (details supplied) in which the service is provided by fibre to the premises, exchange of cabinet launched VDSL and other technologies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52469/17 asked on 07 Dec 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 187 and 188 together. 
The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) will ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland via a combination of commercial investment and State Intervention.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecommunications sector so that to date over 1.5m or 67% of the 2.3m premises in...

209. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if his attention has been drawn to the lack of fibre broadband connection for a school (details supplied); when he expects the school to be connected to the fibre broadband system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52107/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 209 and 214 together. 
The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that today over 67% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband and this is se...

214. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the timeframe for connection to a new fibre line for broadband for a school (details supplied); the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52143/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 209 and 214 together. 
The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that today over 67% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband and this is se...

217. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will consider the issues raised in correspondence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52243/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that today over 65% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband and this is set to increase to 77% (1.8m premises) by the end of 2018 a...

189. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment further to Parliamentary Question No. 198 of 16 November 2017, the interim solutions he will put in place to ensure interim broadband for persons that are being forced to wait for an internet broadband solution (details supplied). (Question 51383/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): In response to Question 198 of 16 November 2017, I noted that an official from my Department had provided a detailed report outlining the status of High Speed Broadband availability in the area to the individual named in that question.  While the premises referenced in that question falls within an AMBER area and will be covered through the State led Intervention under the NBP, I informed the Deputy that there a...

409. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to improve broadband telecommunications service throughout County Cavan; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that households and many small enterprises have concerns regarding the service that exists at present; if the necessary investment programme will be undertaken to bring this broadband service up to a proper standard; the improvements which can be expected in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51163/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Parliamentary Questions Nos. 409 and 410 together.
The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that today over 65% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband an...

410. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to improve broadband telecommunications service throughout County Monaghan; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that households and many small enterprises have concerns regarding the service that exists; if the necessary investment programme will be undertaken to bring this broadband service up to a proper standard; the improvements which can be expected in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51164/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Parliamentary Questions Nos. 409 and 410 together.
The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that today over 65% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband an...

184. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will report on the broadband speeds provided to a school (details supplied); if his Department is investigating options to improve broadband provision to the school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50282/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Through the Schools Broadband Access Programme the Department provides for the supply of internet connectivity for recognised primary and post primary schools. All post-primary schools and some special schools are now included in the 100Mbps programme.
Significant improvement has been made in recent years with the number of primary schools on broadband speeds of greater than 30mbs having increased from less than 100 in 2012 to over 1000...

508. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the expected roll-out of broadband under the national broadband plan to homes at a location (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49872/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that today over 65% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband and this is set to increase to 77% (1.8m premises) by the end of 2018 a...

515. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will request a company (details supplied) to provide broadband as per the initial agreement in County Westmeath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50073/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that to date approximately 1.5m or 65% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland can get access to high speed broadband and this is set to increase to 77% (1.8m premises...

519. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when broadband will go live in an area (details supplied) in view of the fact that the physical infrastructure has now been rolled out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50305/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that today over 65% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband and this is set to increase to 77% (1.8m premises) by the end of 2018 a...

107. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the roll-out of broadband to all schools has been completed; if not, the timeframe for all schools to be included; the percentage that have access to high speed broadband; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49798/17 asked on 23 Nov 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Through the Schools Broadband Access Programme the Department provides for the supply of internet connectivity for all recognised primary and post primary schools, and some 98% of schools are included in this scheme.  All post-primary schools and some special schools are now included in the 100Mbps programme. 
The policy of this Department is to offer the best quality connectivity to all schools in line with the technical solutions avail...

44. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the extent to which he expects to be in a position to provide broadband services to those areas outside the proposed or existing provisions, in some cases only by a matter of metres; if he will consider a separate contract for such customers to run concurrent with the current programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49078/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: The purpose of this question, somewhat similar to the previous question, is to bridge the gap between the existing work that has been done, is satisfactory and is a major improvement on what we had, and the next stage for those who require service and are anxious to know when they will get it.
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62. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of the Government’s commitment to provide high speed broadband to every house and business in County Donegal; the deadline for same; the number of homes and businesses which have access to high speed broadband; the number of additional homes and businesses which will receive access to high speed broadband in 2017; the number which will receive access in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48977/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) will ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that to date approximately 1.5m or 65% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland can get access to high speed broadband and this footprint is expanding.
In April of this ye...

459. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when persons (details supplied) will receive broadband. (Question 48723/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I refer the Deputy to the reply to Question No. 198 of 16 November 2017. While the position is unchanged, in summary I understand that an official from my Department has provided a detailed report outlining the status of High Speed Broadband availability in the area to the individuals named in the Question. While the premises referenced by the Deputy falls within an AMBER area and will be covered through the S...

471. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans, in terms of infrastructure and timescale, for rolling out high speed broadband to Boyle and its rural hinterland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49194/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): In April I published an updated High Speed Broadband Map which is available at www.broadband.gov.ie. This map shows the areas targeted by commercial operators to provide high speed broadband services and the areas that will be included in the State Intervention Area under the National Broadband Plan (NBP). The Map is searchable by eircode.
Premises in and around Boyle fall into the below areas:
- The  AMBER are...

477. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the extent to which he has examined the feasibility of putting in place a contract to supply those areas currently excluded from the broadband services with particular reference to the possibility of extending the service to within specific distances from the existing facilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49393/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 477, 478 and 489 together.
The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) will ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that to date approximately 1.5m or 65% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland can get access to high speed br...

478. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of households and businesses throughout the country unable to access high speed broadband; if it will be possible in the short term to extend the services outward from the existing lines for a specific distance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49394/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 477, 478 and 489 together.
The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) will ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that to date approximately 1.5m or 65% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland can get access to high speed br...

489. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the timetable for the provision of high speed, high quality broadband in all areas throughout the country; the areas already provided with such service; the timeframe for each area in the future with particular reference to past experiences; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49444/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 477, 478 and 489 together.
The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) will ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that to date approximately 1.5m or 65% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland can get access to high speed br...