1174. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to address problems with broadband provision in the Dublin mountains; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15548/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

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. Today, almost 7 out of 10 of the 2.3 million premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband. Since this Government came into office almost 400,000 addit...

801. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the timeframe for full implementation of the national broadband plan in counties Cavan and Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12665/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The 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. 7 out of 10 of the 2.3 million premises in Ireland now have access to high speed broadband. By the end of this year that number will rise to nearly 8 out of 10 premises and ...

460. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when a company (details supplied) will provide the design for the 300,000 premises included in the agreement with his Department for the roll-out of broadband; his views on whether the commitment will be met on the date agreed; if a delay in providing the detailed design will cause a delay in awarding the contract for the national broadband scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11409/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): In April 2017, I signed a Commitment Agreement with eir in relation to its plans to provide high speed broadband to 300,000 premises in rural areas on a commercial basis. eir has recently reconfirmed their commitment to this programme both publicly and via direct correspondence to myself. Information on eir’s planned rural deployment is available at http://fibrerollout.ie/eircode-lookup/ . A copy of the Commitme...

174. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the timeframe for the roll-out of broadband; and if the roll-out of high speed broadband is included in the national development plan. (Question 9075/18 asked on 22 Feb 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The National Development Plan sets out the investment priorities that will underpin the successful implementation of the National Planning Framework (NPF). The National Broadband Plan (NBP) is included in the National Development Plan as one of those priorities. The NBP aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has be...

176. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he has been notified of force majeure circumstance by a company (details supplied) in relation to its NBP commitment agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9011/18 asked on 21 Feb 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): In April 2017, I signed a Commitment Agreement with eir in relation to its plans to provide High speed broadband to 300,000 premises in rural areas on a commercial basis. eir has committed to completing the rollout by the end of this year. Information on eir’s planned rural deployment is available at http://fibrerollout.ie/eircode-lookup/. A copy of the Commitment Agreement is available on my Department’s webs...

19. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the date by which the 542,000 homes and businesses in the national broadband plan’s State intervention area will be connected to broadband; the date by which he plans to award the contract to connect these homes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7721/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Deputy Timmy Dooley: I will begin by wishing the Acting Chairman a happy St. Valentine’s Day. I also extend that greeting to the staff of the House and to the Minister, lest he feel that there is no love between us.
I ask the Minister to outline, in light of recent developments, the current status of the procurement process for the national development plan. In particular, I ask him to provide some timelines for when he expects to have signed a contract with the remaining bidder, when work is ...

20. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the future of the national broadband plan in view of the fact there is only one bidder in the procurement process; and if there is a strategy in place to progress the national broadband plan if the procurement process fails. (Question 7532/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Deputy Brian Stanley: The one bidder left in the procurement process has a lot of power in its hands, and 542,000 homes will be at the whim of that company, with no competition and very little leverage in the Department’s hands. As we are in this very uncertain position, what options has the Minister considered and if the current process collapses, what is plan B?
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28. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he has satisfied himself that the remaining bidder in the NBP process has the capacity and capability to complete the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7408/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Deputy Martin Heydon: I want to ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he is satisfied that the remaining bidder in the national broadband plan has the capability and capacity to deliver on what will be a very extensive project of extending high-speed broadband to some 540,000 houses around the country which do not currently have it.
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32. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when he expects a penetration rate of 100% to be achieved under the national broadband plan. (Question 7342/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) will deliver high speed broadband access of a minimum 30 megabits per second to 100% of premises in Ireland.
Today 7 out of 10 of the 2.3 million premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband. Since this Government came into office almost 400,000 additional premises have access to a high speed broadband service. This will increase to nearly 8 out of 10 pr...

33. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to provide broadband to counties Roscommon and Galway further to the withdrawal of a company (details supplied) from the national broadband plan. (Question 7252/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Currently some 15,000 premises in Roscommon and 77,000 premises in Galway have access to a high speed broadband service. Of these, around 2,300 premises in Roscommon and 10,800 premises in Galway have been passed as part of eir’s on-going rural deployment of Fibre to the Home and can access a high speed broadband service of up to 1000Mbps.
Just over 24,000 premises in County Roscommon and some 57,000 in County ...

38. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the extent to which he has achieved progress and understanding to advance the programme to deliver broadband (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7414/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

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. 7 out of 10 of the 2.3 million premises in Ireland now have access to high speed broadband.  By the end of this year that number will rise to nearly 8 out of 10...

54. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the alternative plans being considered by his Department for rolling out the national broadband plan since a company (details supplied) pulled out of the procurement process; the measures he is taking to prevent further delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7471/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The procurement process for the National Broadband Plan State Intervention Area has been a very robust process with strong risk management throughout, with all scenarios and eventualities having been considered.
This process is entering its final stages, with the remaining bidding consortium having reaffirmed its commitment to the successful conclusion of that process. 
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74. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if his attention has been drawn to the significant number of households and businesses waiting on the national broadband plan in counties Cavan, Monaghan and Meath and of the negative impacts this is having on daily lives; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7420/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I am very much aware that there are significant numbers of homes, businesses, farms and schools throughout the country awaiting connection to high speed broadband and I understand peoples frustration and the challenges they face in this regard. As I have said many times, delivering high speed broadband to each of these premises is a personal commitment from me and remains a key priority of Government. The Gover...

75. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of his commitment to provide high speed broadband to each house and business in County Donegal; the deadline for same; the number of homes and business which have access to high speed broadband; the number of additional homes and businesses which received 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 7333/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 75 and 78 together. 
Delivering high speed broadband to every home, every business, every farm and every school in Ireland is a personal commitment for me and remains a key priority of Government. 
Currently just over 55,000 or 55% of the approximately 101,000 premises in County Donegal have access to a high speed broadband service. Every single one of the remaining 46,000 (46%) ...

78. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the impact that a company (details supplied) pulling out of the national broadband plan tender process will have on the commitment to provide high speed broadband to every house and business in County Donegal; the number of homes and businesses which currently have access to high speed broadband; the number of homes and businesses which received 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 7298/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 75 and 78 together. 
Delivering high speed broadband to every home, every business, every farm and every school in Ireland is a personal commitment for me and remains a key priority of Government. 
Currently just over 55,000 or 55% of the approximately 101,000 premises in County Donegal have access to a high speed broadband service. Every single one of the remaining 46,000 (46%) ...

82. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if his attention has been drawn to the threat of offshore island depopulation and the need for high speed broadband to curtail this trend through new employment opportunities for offshore island dwellers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7410/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to deliver high speed broadband services to every city, town, village and individual premises in Ireland including those on our offshore islands.
I recognise the importance of availability of high speed connectivity for all premises in Ireland and fully appreciate the frustration felt by people, including those across Ireland’s islands, who do not currently have access to t...

84. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the solutions he and the agencies under his remit have in place to tackle unemployment in rural areas in view of further delays with the roll-out of the national broadband plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7258/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

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. Today 7 out of 10 of the 2.3 million premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband.  By the end of this year that number will rise to nearly 8 out of 1...

85. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the timeframe for full implementation of the national broadband plan in County Wexford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7398/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) will deliver high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to 100% of premises in Ireland.
Today 7 out of 10 of the 2.3 million premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband. Since this Government came into office almost 400,000 additional premises have access to high speed broadband.  By the end of this year nearly 8 out of 10 premises and ...

226. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when broadband will be rolled out to areas (details supplied) in Dublin 24; the timeframe for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7267/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

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. Today 7 out of 10 of the 2.3 million premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband. By the end of this year that number will rise to nearly 8 out of ...

228. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on the status of the roll-out of the national broadband scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7263/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Delivering high speed broadband to citizens across Ireland remains a firm commitment of mine and of this Government. 
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. Today 7 out of 10 of the 2.3 million prem...

239. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the steps he plans to take to expedite the provision of broadband in all areas throughout the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7807/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

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. Today 7 out of 10 of the 2.3 million premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband.  By the end of this year that number will rise to nearly 8 out of 1...

524. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the way in which the works carried out by a company (details supplied) to date in the context of the national broadband plan will be completed and-or remedied; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6860/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

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. Today 7 out of 10 of the 2.3 million premises in Ireland have access to a high speed broadband service.  Within a year that number will rise to nearly 8 out of 1...

527. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if broadband will be installed in an area (details supplied) in County Roscommon. (Question 6953/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

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. Today 7 out of 10 of the 2.3 million premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband.  Within a year that number will rise to nearly 8 out of 10 premises...

528. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when broadband service will be available under the national broadband scheme at a person’s (details supplied) home. (Question 6954/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The premises referred to by the Deputy is in a LIGHT BLUE area on my Department’s High Speed Broadband Map, which is available at www.broadband.gov.ie and searchable by address/eircode. It will be brought a high speed broadband service through eir’s commercial plan to provide high speed broadband to 300,000 premises, predominantly in rural areas, by the end of this year.
eir’s plan is subject to a binding Commi...

529. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to provide a better quality broadband service to the area of Strokestown, County Roscommon. (Question 6955/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

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. Today Close to 7 out of 10 of the 2.3 million premises in Ireland now have access to high speed broadband.  Within a year that number will rise to nearly 8 out...