The Government’s launch of “Delivering a Connected Society – A National Broadband Plan for Ireland” will deliver high speed broadband to every home and business in the State over the lifetime of the Government, a welcome and overdue boost for those in rural Kilkenny in particular, local TD, John Paul Phelan, FG, has said.
The aim of the new plan is to provide much faster internet speeds for Irish consumers than those generally available at present. It will also help foster employment in rural areas which are currently broadband blackspots . The initiative comes following detailed engagement with stakeholders, including the telecommunications industry, the 33 year-old TD confirmed.
“I commend Minister Pat Rabbitte, on the publication of this plan. In the context of our national financial situation, this is a very progressive move by the Government and I agree with him when he uses the analogy of rural electrification when referring to the importance of high speed broadband for peripheral and rural areas.
“Parts of rural Kilkenny in particular have been a complete broadband blackspot for years. It is a nightmare and a major headache for consumers. The National Broadband Plan aims to provide 70-100 Mega bites per second (MBPS) broadband to more than half of the population by 2015, with at least 40 MBPS available to at least 20% of the population and a minimum of 30 MBPS to every other home and business, no matter how isolated or rural the location.
“The days of 1 or 2 MBPS or less for rural dwellers and businesses belong in the past. Ongoing industry investment, the arrival of 4G mobile services and State intervention where the market fails will all contribute to higher speeds. It is very encouraging to hear Minister Rabbitte’s recognition of the need for State investment where the market fails, as the lack of this to date has been one of the major causes of rural areas falling behind on broadband.
“The future prosperity of economic and social life in peripheral and rural areas depends enormously on high-speed broadband availability. This will also be great for jobs in rural areas. It will eliminate any fears over broadband deficiencies that potential investors in our peripheral and rural areas may hold. It is important now that the plan is fully implemented by 2015 as planned and this is something that I intend to monitor closely to help ensure full delivery,” he added.