Western counties to receive investment of €938 million in broadband infrastructure

Seán Canney T.D., Minister for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development, today (Thursday, 9 May) welcomed the planned investment of over €900 million for the Atlantic Economic Corridor region through the National Broadband Plan.

Speaking today, Minister Canney said:

“The Government’s investment in high speed broadband under the National Broadband Plan will have a transformative effect on rural Ireland.  The counties along the Atlantic Economic Corridor, from Kerry to Donegal, contain some of the county’s most peripheral rural areas, where it is not viable for commercial providers to bring high speed broadband to every premises.”

“Through the National Broadband Plan, the Government intends to fill that gap in provision, and ensure equality of access to broadband services in all parts of Ireland.”

“Collectively, over 228,000 premises in the nine counties of the Atlantic Economic Corridor region will benefit under the National Broadband Plan.  This accounts for 34% of all premises to be provided with high speed broadband under the Plan nationally.  The State’s investment in these counties will amount to €938 million.”

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