Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development welcomed the announcement that the National Broadband Plan (NBP) will proceed with the appointment of a preferred bidder. The NBP aims to bring high-speed broadband to 540,000 premises, mostly in rural areas, that do not currently have a connection.

Speaking this afternoon, Minister Ring said: “Today is a great day for rural Ireland. It is the announcement that so many people have been waiting for; the confirmation that high-speed broadband will be rolled out across the country.  Despite all the challenges, despite the doubts in some quarters, high-speed broadband is coming to all areas across the country and it will be as important to the future of rural Ireland as electricity was more than 70 years ago.”

“The announcement that National Broadband Ireland are the preferred bidder for the NBP contract marks a significant step towards full nationwide coverage of high-speed broadband across Ireland.  All going well, contracts will be signed in the coming months and the physical roll-out will begin as soon as possible after that.”

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