The Department of Rural and Community Development, in partnership with local authority Broadband Officers and the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications, has identified approx. 300 sites around the country to act as Broadband Connection Points
(BCPs) under the Connected Communities Initiative.
BCPs will be located in buildings such as community centres and sports clubs. These communities will be provided with a wireless broadband connection and will in turn make this available to the public onsite.
BCPs are located in some of the most rural communities throughout each local authority area, including islands off Donegal, Mayo, Galway and Cork. BCP sites have been prioritised for connection within the first 12 months of the roll-out of National Broadband Plan
It is planned that the BCPs will give local people the opportunity to avail of public online services and accessing government services in addition to encouraging remote working for those affected by the current Covid 19 restrictions.
BCPs will each have their own character and focus. Some will support remote working, others will facilitate study and digital skills training, and many will act as community access hubs with indoors and outdoors wifi.
BCPs will be provided with a temporary wireless high-speed broadband connection of up to 150mbps which they will keep for three years, or until they are provided with a permanent high-speed broadband connection under the NBP.
National Broadband Ireland
(NBI) will act as the Wholesale Service Provider, while Vodafone Ireland will act as the Retail Service Provider.