203. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when broadband will be available to residents and businesses in the Piercetown area of Fordstown, County Meath. (Question 44523/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 203 to 205, inclusive, 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 high speed broadb...

204. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when broadband will be available to residents and businesses in the village of Fordstown, County Meath. (Question 44524/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 203 to 205, inclusive, 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 high speed broadb...

205. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when broadband will be available to residents and businesses in the Pluxtown, Grennanstown and Causestown areas of Athboy, County Meath. (Question 44525/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 203 to 205, inclusive, 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 high speed broadb...

129. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a school (details supplied) will have access to high-speed broadband as identified as one of the ten key indicators in the digital strategy for schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42863/17 asked on 10 Oct 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.
Under the current programme the Department continually reviews the availability of services and upgrades schools where the opportunity arises, in line with contractual and budgetary requir...

521. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if his attention has been drawn to the frustration for many households in County Donegal that end up on the national broadband plan despite the fact that their home or premises is located across the street from commercial roll-out routes; when broadband will be rolled out to an area (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42730/17 asked on 10 Oct 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 high speed broadband and this footprint is expanding.
In April I published an updat...

36. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the extent to which he remains satisfied that the provisions in place and proposed remain adequate to meet the target of the provision of broadband in all areas, urban and rural without exception; if there will be a need for extra initiatives to meet shortfalls; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41879/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): As I have already indicated to the House, last week my Department received “Detailed Solutions” from two bidders as part of the ongoing procurement process to select a company, or companies, who will roll-out a new high speed broadband network for those areas that will not be served by commercial operators acting alone. This was a significant milestone in the procurement process which is now entering into its fi...

71. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of the programme for Government commitment on broadband. (Question 32477/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 71 and 80 together.
I have given a detailed outline on the current status of the procurement process in my responses to the priority questions on today’s order paper.  The Deputies will be aware that this procurement process will select a bidder, or bidders, who will roll-out a new high speed broadband network to remote and rural areas not served by commercial operators. The succ...

72. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the engagement he has held with his counterpart in the United Kingdom since June 2017 on the issue of cross-Border co-operation to ensure all island broadband capability. (Question 41964/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): There have been no meetings between officials from my Department and our Northern Ireland counterparts in relation to an all island broadband network. Achieving universal access to high speed broadband is a key target under the EU Digital Agenda for Europe which requires, inter alia, all Members States to publish National Broadband Plans to facilitate the achievement of high speed broadband access of at least 30...

80. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of the roll out of the national broadband plan. (Question 41903/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 71 and 80 together.
I have given a detailed outline on the current status of the procurement process in my responses to the priority questions on today’s order paper.  The Deputies will be aware that this procurement process will select a bidder, or bidders, who will roll-out a new high speed broadband network to remote and rural areas not served by commercial operators. The succ...

176. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to extend the roll out of the fibre network to a commercial property (details supplied) in County Cork. (Question 41998/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 176, 178 and 183 together.
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 led Intervention under the National Broadband Plan (NBP). The Map is searchable by eircode. 
- The BLU...

178. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the degree to which high speed good quality broadband is likely to become available throughout the country over the next three years; the extent to which this is likely to affect County Kildare with particular reference to existing black spots; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42181/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 176, 178 and 183 together.
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 led Intervention under the National Broadband Plan (NBP). The Map is searchable by eircode. 
- The BLU...

183. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the steps he will take to speed up the provision of broadband services through the medium of fibre optics throughout County Kildare with particular reference to known black spots; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42186/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 176, 178 and 183 together.
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 led Intervention under the National Broadband Plan (NBP). The Map is searchable by eircode. 
- The BLU...

498. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the reason a company (details supplied) reneged on its commitment to provide high speed broadband facilities to Ballynacargy and Ballymore in County Westmeath, despite these two areas being designated as black spots and identified as such and thereby areas of high and immediate proximity in the company’s expansion programme for rural areas and which has now been downgraded in terms of commitment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41586/17 asked on 03 Oct 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. The Map is searchable by eircode. eir signed an agreement with me in April last committing to follow through on its commercial plans to provide new...

100. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a school (details supplied) can expect to be connected to broadband that will meet the school community’s needs. (Question 41055/17 asked on 28 Sep 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 100 Mbps programme.
Under the current programme the Department continually reviews the availability of services and upgrades schools where the opportunity arises, in line with contractual and budgetary requ...

237. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when a school (details supplied) can expect to be connected to broadband that will meet the school community’s needs. (Question 41054/17 asked on 28 Sep 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. The Map is searchable by eircode.
eir signed an agreement with me in April last committing  to follow through on their commercial plans to provide...

188. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the position regarding fibre broadband in an area (details supplied) in which a company has a unit installed in the area to facilitate the provision of broadband for 12 months; the reason the service remains unconnected; when the service will be connected; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that persons are losing out on employment opportunities in rural areas based on the provision of having a fixed line internet connection; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39970/17 asked on 21 Sep 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. The Map is searchable by eircode. The map shows that the village of Castlebaldwin, County Sligo falls entirely within a BLUE area and will be pr...

191. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding fibre broadband; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40013/17 asked on 21 Sep 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 high speed broadband of a minimum of 30 Megabits per second and this footprint is e...

566. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the plans put in place by a company (details supplied) for the house and business connections following the completed broadband roll-out in individual areas in the blue and light blue areas; if this is being subcontracted; the proposed individual cost per home and business for connection; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39209/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): In April, eir signed a agreement with me committing them to follow through on their commercial plans to provide new high speed broadband infrastructure to 300,000 premises in rural areas. eir has committed to doing this work over a 90 week period with an average of 500 premises passed per day. Quarterly updates on progress of the eir 300k roll-out are published on my Department’s website. The Quarter 2 2017 f...

568. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the considerations which were given to rolling out an all-island broadband network; the detail of meetings between Irish and Northern Ireland and or UK officials to discuss the possibility; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39309/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): There have been no meetings between officials from my Department and our Northern Ireland counterparts in relation to an all island broadband network. Achieving universal access to high speed broadband is a key target under the EU Digital Agenda for Europe which requires, inter alia, all Members States to publish National Broadband Plans to facilitate the achievement of high speed broadband access of at least 3...

571. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the timeframe for a location (details supplied) to have high speed broadband; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39372/17 asked on 20 Sep 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. The Map is searchable by eircode.
eir signed a agreement with me in April last committing  to follow through on their commercial plans to provide n...

576. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when a person (details supplied) will receive access to broadband; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39501/17 asked on 20 Sep 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. The Map is searchable by eircode. 
 - The BLUE areas on the Map represent those areas where commercial telecommunications providers are either c...

1431. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will address the concerns of a person (details supplied) regarding broadband in their area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37168/17 asked on 11 Sep 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 high speed broadband of a minimum of 30 Megabits per second and this footprint is e...

1434. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding fibre broadband; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37388/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1434, 1435, 1437 and 1448 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 high speed...

1435. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of a fibre optic installation in an area (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37414/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1434, 1435, 1437 and 1448 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 high speed...

1437. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if a company (details supplied) plans to install broadband in an area (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37518/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1434, 1435, 1437 and 1448 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 high speed...