Monday, September 03, 2012

National Broadband Plan will deliver faster broadband to Meath as part of €175 million investment by State

Fine Gael TD for Meath, Regina Doherty has welcomed the launch by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, of ‘Delivering a Connected Society – A National Broadband Plan for Ireland’, which will see every home and business in the State have access to high speed broadband at speeds much faster than what are generally available today. 

“I am delighted with today’s announcement as Meath will finally have access to high speed broadband, particularly in rural areas. Today’s announcement means that individuals and businesses will have access to a minimum 30 megabytes per second (Mbps), with more than half the population receiving 70Mpbs – 100Mpbs by 2015.

“In this day and age, having access to high speed internet is a basic requirement for people in all walks of life, be they school children, college students, professionals and small and big businesses. It will enable the people of Meath to compete on a much wider scale, and give them access to information, products and services right across the world, bringing economic and social benefits across Meath.

“Public funds will be invested in the Plan to ensure that sparsely populated areas are included and Minister Rabbitte has committed to engaging with commercial investors for financial support so that speeds of up to 100Mbps are made available to as many households as possible in Meath. The Minister has also committed to providing the correct regulatory environment so as to remove any obstacles to private sector investment. 

“Ireland’s population is more broadly dispersed than that of many other countries so reaching the target will require State investment to encourage the private sector to offer services which would not otherwise make commercial sense. 

“I would like to thank the Minister for his hard work and dedication into bringing this plan to fruition.”


Anonymous said...

esyour living in cloude cookoo land most phone lines in rural meath cant support broardband and when you contact eircom they have no plans to upgrade the lines

Anonymous said...

Personally delighted that anyone's doing anything towards providing better infrastructure.

However, few issues:
"Ireland’s population is more broadly dispersed than that of many other countries"

--this is a ridiculous statement this country is tiny.

"with more than half the population receiving 70Mpbs – 100Mpbs by 2015."

--with nearly 2 million living in Dublin which already is covered by UPC/Eircom this really won't be a hard target to hit, with or without government intervention, in fact it doesn't demonstrate any real involvement by the state in the situation, just the natural growth rate of ISP's selling a service.

175 million could cover Meath with enough 4G towers to have me streaming Netflix in HD in no time.
Which would at least be something, as opposed to just upgrading the lines in areas already under some kind of copper/fiber based broadband service.

I'm actually sure this will happen as well without state intervention as three/vodaphone/o2 already have 3G coverage in a lot of areas... This report has no concrete evidence of what impact it will have / target areas. It's a complete waste of time unless it clearly shows the impact it will make.

Anonymous said...

First of all, the National Broadband scheme is not proper broadband and is barely usable during peak times! Secondly, Mbps is not Megabytes per second, it's Megabits per second.