Mr Michael Ring TD, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, and Seán Canney TD, the Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development , today (Tuesday, 14th January) announced a further investment of almost €200,000 into rural high-speed broadband through the Broadband Connection Points (BCP) initiative.
Broadband Connection Points will be the first premises connected under the National Broadband Plan roll out and will bring much needed connectivity to some of the most isolated and rural communities in the country, including islands off Donegal, Mayo, Galway and Cork.
The first BCP is expected to be connected in the first half of the year, with the remaining sites connected over the subsequent 12 months.
The funding announced today will be provided to each Local Authority based on the number of BCP sites in the relevant Local Authority area, and is intended to cover the costs of minor building or electrical works required to get the BCPs ready for high-speed broadband connection.
Speaking about the BCP initiative, Minister Ring said:
Acknowledging the impact of the BCP network, Minister Canney added:
Highlighting the hard work of the Local Authority Broadband Officers, Minister Ring said:
For details of the BCP's see nbi.ie
Notes for Editors
The BCP initiative is a collaborative effort involving the Department of Rural and Community Development, the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and Local Authorities. The initiative has been supported by the Department of Education and Skills, Professional Development Service for Teachers, OGCIO, HEAnet and a number of other State and community bodies.
It is expected that close to 300 BCPs will be connected in 2020, with the potential for additional sites to be connected in early 2021.
BCPs will be provided with a temporary wireless high-speed broadband connection (150mbps/30mbps) which they will keep for three years, or until they are provided with a permanent high-speed broadband connection under the NBP.