178. Deputy Hildegarde Naughton asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when the upgrade of the broadband network in Shrule, County Mayo, will take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44229/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

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.
- The BLUE areas on the Map represent those areas where commercial tele...

454. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the reason for the delay in connecting a person (details supplied) to the fibre to the home broadband network in view of the fact that neighbouring properties in their area have been connected under the same scheme; the stage the installation process is at; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43645/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - National Broadband Plan)

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...

457. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if a school (details supplied) in County Meath will be included in the roll-out of broadband in the area. (Question 43819/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - National Broadband Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 457 and 459 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 Intervention Area under the National Broadband Plan (NBP). The Map is searchable by eircode.
- The BLUE area...

458. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when a location (details supplied) can expect to receive a broadband upgrade in view of the fact the current levels of broadband speed at this address are unsatisfactory; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43853/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - National Broadband Plan)

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 and address.
- The BLUE areas on the Map represent those areas where commercial telecommunications providers ar...

459. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when broadband will be available to residents in Balgeeth, Garristown, County Meath. (Question 43935/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - National Broadband Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 457 and 459 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 Intervention Area under the National Broadband Plan (NBP). The Map is searchable by eircode.
- The BLUE area...

155. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if special provision has been made in the tender for the national broadband scheme to ensure that the offshore islands will have priority access to high speed broadband at an early date in view of their dependence on telecommunications; if it is planned to ensure that they are provided with broadband of 100Mb or more; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43268/17 asked on 12 Oct 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): My Department is engaged in an on-going procurement process to select a company or companies who will roll-out a new high speed broadband network for the State led intervention under the National Broadband Plan. This procurement process has now reached its final stages following receipt of “Detailed Submissions” from two bidders last month. Following the conclusion of the procurement process my Department will...

515. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when fibre broadband will be rolled out to all businesses and households in Glaslough, County Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42592/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

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.  By 2020, 90% of premises In ...

520. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when a property (details supplied) will receive high speed broadband; the expected timeframe for the rollout to begin; the timeframe for it to be completed; if his attention has been drawn to deficits in particular areas of the country such as the area in question; if he will request a company (details supplied) to extend its plans for fibre roll-out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42728/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

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...

523. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of houses in County Donegal that have been connected to high speed broadband by the end of July 2017; the number of households that will be connected by the end of 2018; his plans for connecting all other households in County Donegal; the timeframe for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42857/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - National Broadband Plan Data)

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, where providers acting alone will not provide this essential service. aThe 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 b...

527. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the timeframe for the roll-out of at least 30 Mb broadband speeds to a location (details supplied) in County Donegal as part of the national broadband plan; if such areas with poor or no broadband coverage will be prioritised during the roll-out phase as part of the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42302/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

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...

529. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the anticipated timeframe for the completion of the tender process for broadband; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42338/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - National Broadband Plan Administration)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): My Department is engaged in an on-going procurement process to select a company or companies who will roll-out a new high speed broadband network for the State led intervention under the National Broadband Plan (NBP).
Last Tuesday, 26 September, 2017, ‘Detailed Solutions’ were submitted  to my Department by two bidders as part of that ongoing procurement process.  These bidders were Eircom Limited and the Granah...

23. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on whether he has sufficient control of the tender process of the national broadband plan to ensure that each household will have high speed broadband; if the date for completion will not be excessively delayed; if the cost to the State will not be excessive; and his views on whether there will be potential legal difficulties. (Question 42025/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - National Broadband Plan)

Deputy Brian Stanley: My question relates to the national broadband plan.
2 o’clockI want to raise with the Minister the fact that we have no timeframe for its completion, or even a tender date for the completion process. Does the Minister feel that he has sufficient control over the tender process, given developments in recent weeks? Will the cost to the State be excessive? I am very concerned about this.
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24. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the procurement status of the national broadband plan; the date by which all premises in the country will have access to broadband; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42101/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - National Broadband Plan)

Deputy Brian Stanley: My question relates to the national broadband plan.
2 o’clockI want to raise with the Minister the fact that we have no timeframe for its completion, or even a tender date for the completion process. Does the Minister feel that he has sufficient control over the tender process, given developments in recent weeks? Will the cost to the State be excessive? I am very concerned about this.
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25. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on whether the national broadband plan will deliver actual broadband; the number of times he or his officials have met with tender companies for the project; the dates on which those meetings took place; and the reason one competitor dropped out of the tender process. (Question 42026/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - National Broadband Plan)

Deputy Brian Stanley: My question relates to the national broadband plan.
2 o’clockI want to raise with the Minister the fact that we have no timeframe for its completion, or even a tender date for the completion process. Does the Minister feel that he has sufficient control over the tender process, given developments in recent weeks? Will the cost to the State be excessive? I am very concerned about this.
 ...

28. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when it is expected a contract will be awarded for the national broadband scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41703/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív: I hope the Minister does not read the answer he gave previously to very similar questions and that we start to get into the nitty gritty of this. Caithfidh mé rud amháin a rá i dtús báire. Ní haon mholadh é féinmholadh agus ba cheart don Aire cuimhneamh ar sin. Nowadays fibre is no more complicated than copper was 20 years ago. It is a little thing that is hung on the top of a telephone pole and run it from pole to pole and join it just like a copper one in a slightly dif...

31. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of the roll-out of high speed broadband in County Kildare to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41710/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Deputy Denis Naughten: I propose to take Questions Nos. 31, 32, 43, 56 and 58 together. 
The National Broadband Plan is about connecting people in towns and villages across Ireland to high speed broadband through a State led intervention and commercial investment. The State-led intervention is progressing, with my Department evaluating the bidders’ submissions received last week, with a view to final tenders being received in 2018. In the interim, broadband roll-out continues through significa...

32. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans for the roll-out of rural broadband across County Wexford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41888/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Deputy Denis Naughten: I propose to take Questions Nos. 31, 32, 43, 56 and 58 together. 
The National Broadband Plan is about connecting people in towns and villages across Ireland to high speed broadband through a State led intervention and commercial investment. The State-led intervention is progressing, with my Department evaluating the bidders’ submissions received last week, with a view to final tenders being received in 2018. In the interim, broadband roll-out continues through significa...

38. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the impact that the reduction to two bidders will have on the national broadband plan; the way in which the agreement with a company (details supplied) has impacted on the plan; the timeframe for rollout; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41890/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - National Broadband Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): 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 Deputy 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 successful bidder, or bidders, will build, maintain and op...

41. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the procurement status of the national broadband plan; the date by which every premises in the country will have access to broadband; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41900/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - National Broadband Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): As I indicated in my responses to questions higher up on today’s order paper, last week the procurement process being managed by my Department reached a key milestone with the receipt of “Detailed Submissions”.  Two submissions were received from Eircom Limited and the Granahan McCourt, enet, SSE, John Laing Group plc consortium.  As the House is no doubt aware, SIRO formally communicated its withdrawal from the...

43. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the likely impact on homes in County Meath that are awaiting broadband connection in view of the recent withdrawal by a company (details supplied) from the national broadband plan procurement process. (Question 41722/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Deputy Denis Naughten: I propose to take Questions Nos. 31, 32, 43, 56 and 58 together. 
The National Broadband Plan is about connecting people in towns and villages across Ireland to high speed broadband through a State led intervention and commercial investment. The State-led intervention is progressing, with my Department evaluating the bidders’ submissions received last week, with a view to final tenders being received in 2018. In the interim, broadband roll-out continues through significa...

56. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the position regarding the 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 currently have access to high speed broadband; the number of additional homes and businesses which will get access to high speed broadband in 2017; the number which will get access in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41709/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Deputy Denis Naughten: I propose to take Questions Nos. 31, 32, 43, 56 and 58 together. 
The National Broadband Plan is about connecting people in towns and villages across Ireland to high speed broadband through a State led intervention and commercial investment. The State-led intervention is progressing, with my Department evaluating the bidders’ submissions received last week, with a view to final tenders being received in 2018. In the interim, broadband roll-out continues through significa...

58. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of homes in County Kildare that are currently without high speed broadband; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41711/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Deputy Denis Naughten: I propose to take Questions Nos. 31, 32, 43, 56 and 58 together. 
The National Broadband Plan is about connecting people in towns and villages across Ireland to high speed broadband through a State led intervention and commercial investment. The State-led intervention is progressing, with my Department evaluating the bidders’ submissions received last week, with a view to final tenders being received in 2018. In the interim, broadband roll-out continues through significa...

66. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when his Department first announced plans to introduce the national broadband plan; the dates on which various Ministers held press conferences to publicise it; the expected commencement and completion dates given by ministers at each of these press conferences; the projected commencement and completion dates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41708/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - National Broadband Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I refer the Deputy to my replies to Question Number 72 of 6 December 2016, Number  43 of 7 February 2017, Number 85 of 9 May 2017 and Number 88 of 27 June 2017.
By way of additional information, we have now reached a significant milestone  in the  procurement process for the State led Intervention under the National Broadband Plan (NBP). Last Tuesday, 26th September, 2017,  my Department received submissions fro...

77. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if the withdrawal of a company (details supplied) from the national broadband competition will result in higher costs to the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41839/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - National Broadband Plan)

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 bidder, or bidders, who will roll-out a new high speed broadband network for those areas that will not be served by commercial operators acting alone. These bidders were Eircom Limited and the Granahan McCourt, enet, SSE, John Laing Group plc cons...

82. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the reason areas of the national broadband map are blue in areas of the country that denote rivers and forests indicating they are supported by companies yet the houses next to the blue areas are amber and are not supported by broadband such as in Cloyne, County Cork. (Question 41962/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - National Broadband Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Deputy may be aware that all premises, regardless of location, are targeted to receive broadband under the National Broadband Plan. The high speed broadband Map, which can be accessed on my Department’s at www.broadband.gov.ie, shows all premises to be covered under the Plan, which include State Intervention and commercial investment.
The Map is colour coded Amber for areas to be covered by the State rollout...