Alan Kelly, Minister for Public Transport and Commuter Affairs has said that the new Broadband Mapping Service will be a useful tool to help spot areas where the State needs to intervene and support broadband provision.
This is particularly true in isolated and rural areas where broadband coverage often remains patchy and unreliable.
This shortfall in reliable high speed broadband services has a negative impact on businesses, the agri-sector, and even the safety and security of people in their homes.
“The mapping service announced by Minister Pat Rabbitte will identify the areas where commercial providers will offer fast broadband. We will then be able to spot the gaps in the system – areas where it is less viable for these operators to provide broadband, with the result that those areas can be targeted with State supported investment”.
“I welcome the fact that maps drawn up under the new service will be published for public consultation. It will ensure the ordinary citizen can find out the viability of broadband in their locality, and how quickly they are likely to be serviced with fast broadband”.
“I urge commercial operators to sign up to the mapping service, which will help to drive forward the key aim of the National Broadband Plan - to offer a minimum 30mbps broadband or more to all parts of thecountry. It shows Minister Rabbitte’s determination to see this plan through to connect communities all over rural Ireland, driving the
competitiveness of the Irish economy.”