Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, and Eamon Ryan TD, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, today (announced that the first group of Broadband Connection Points, a key element of the Government’s National Broadband Plan, have been connected.
Broadband Connection Points (BCPs) are among the first premises to be connected under the National Broadband Plan and are located in some of the most isolated and rural communities in the country, including islands off the coast of Donegal, Kerry, Mayo, Galway and Cork.
They will provide communities with free high-speed internet access at publicly-accessible sites under the Government’s new Connected Communities initiative.
Minister Humphreys and Minister Ryan made the announcement at Glenasmole Community Centre in South County Dublin in collaboration with Anne O’Leary, CEO Vodafone Ireland and David McCourt, Executive Chairman of National Broadband Ireland.
Moyglass Community Hall, Moyglass, Fethard, E91WK25 and Killurney Community Centre, Killurney, Ballypatrick, Clonmel, E91H7W4 , County Tipperary are two of the first 50 BCPs that are now connected as part of the wider BCP rollout which will see more than 200 public access points connected before the end of 2020 in addition to 75 school BCPs. Further installations are planned for next year, to bring the total number of connected public access points to 300 in 2021.