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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

495. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the timeframe for broadband services to be available under the national broadband scheme at Gillstown, Garlow Cross, Navan, County Meath. (Question 41407/17 asked on 03 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 upda...

500. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when broadband services will be available under the national broadband scheme at a person’s (details supplied) home. (Question 41717/17 asked on 03 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 upd...

506. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the townlands in County Meath in which there will be State intervention under the national broadband plan. (Question 41856/17 asked on 03 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 led Intervention under the National Broadband Plan (NBP). The Map is searchable by eircode.
-  The BLUE areas on the Map represent those areas where commercial tele...

444. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if nine houses at Woodpark, Ballyboughal have been left out of the broadband roll-out scheme; and his plans to include them in the scheme to provide access to high speed broadband. (Question 40159/17 asked on 26 Sep 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...

449. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of fibre to the premises, FTTP, connections in County Monaghan; the number of new connections that have been made in each of the past four quarters; the average connection cost; the eircodes connected; his plans for FTTP connections in the next four quarters; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40337/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): There has been significant progress in relation to broadband rollout so that today, approximately 1.5m or 65% of premises in Ireland can get high speed broadband of a minimum of 30 Megabits per second. The National Broadband Plan has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector, which is continuing to expand this footprint.
On 4 April 2017, I signed a commitment agreement with eir in relatio...

452. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of plans for broadband implementation at Kenagh, County Longford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40403/17 asked on 26 Sep 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. 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...

454. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if broadband service will be available to all houses in the Clonlyon, Kilcock County Meath area following upgrade works being carried out in the area. (Question 40548/17 asked on 26 Sep 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. The Map is searchable by eircode.
- The BLUE areas on the Map represent those areas where commercial telecommunications providers are either curr...

186. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding the roll-out of fibre broadband; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39934/17 asked on 21 Sep 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 of a minimum of 30 Megabits per second and this footprint is e...

567. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of broadband enabling for an area (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39235/17 asked on 20 Sep 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 of a minimum of 30 Megabits per second and this footprint is e...

1458. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will provide information on the roll-out of fibre broadband, with reference to a case (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38157/17 asked on 11 Sep 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 of a minimum of 30 Megabits per second and this footprint is e...

1475. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will report on a company’s (details supplied) delivery of its concession agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38668/17 asked on 11 Sep 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 of a minimum of 30 Megabits per second and this footprint is e...

1004. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of premises in respect of the monthly and milestone deployments under the Eircom commitment contract that have been served under the contract in each of the months April to June 2017, by means of EVDSL; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33718/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1004 and 1012 together.
The National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to deliver high speed broadband services to every city, town, village and individual premises in Ireland. The Programme for Government commits to the delivery of the NBP as a matter of priority.  This is being achieved through a combination of commercial investment by the telecommunications sector and a State interve...

1012. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of the roll-out by a company (details supplied) of high fibre broadband to areas marked light blue on the national broadband plan; the reason some homes in areas are being connected by the company while neighbours are not; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34081/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1004 and 1012 together.
The National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to deliver high speed broadband services to every city, town, village and individual premises in Ireland. The Programme for Government commits to the delivery of the NBP as a matter of priority.  This is being achieved through a combination of commercial investment by the telecommunications sector and a State interve...

362. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when broadband services will be available under national broadband scheme at Sarsfieldstown, Julianstown, County Meath. (Question 33177/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 362, 363, 365, 367 and 375 together.   
The Government’s National Broadband Plan will provide 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 1.4m or 61% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland can get high speed broa...