The Western Development Commission (WDC) welcomes the publication of online maps showing Next Generation Broadband will be delivered to every home and business across the country. The public consultation of these maps is an important step in ensuring rolling out of next generation broadband to everyone and reducing the digital divide between urban and rural.
“We all know how important quality broadband is for both businesses and consumers. Many parts of the Western Region are struggling with slow broadband speeds. The WDC has been highlighting the need for investment in Next Generation broadband for many years, including in our latest report ‘Connecting the West, Next Generation Broadband in the Western Region’, which clearly illustrates the need for Government investment in rural areas.” said WDC Policy Analyst, Deirdre Frost.
Public consultation on the maps is an important part of the process of roll-out, and will be critical in ensuring that all homes and businesses can access Next Generation broadband of at least 30 Mbps. The WDC urges all residents and business owners to examine the map to check that their house or business premises is recorded on the map. Once a premises is on the map it ensures that it will be served with next generation broadband, either commercially (coloured blue) or through the planned state funded scheme (coloured amber).
Speaking about the role of broadband in rural communities, the WDC’s Chair, Paddy McGuiness added that “It is imperative that this plan is delivered as quickly as possible. Many rural businesses are trying to survive with basic broadband instead of thriving and creating new jobs with the capacity that Next Generation broadband can offer. Increasingly everyone needs Next Generation capacity to access services, buy on-line and for connecting with friends and family.”
People wishing to check the Next Generation Broadband Map can do so by visiting www.broadband.gov.ie. The WDC is very eager to hear from anyone whose business or home is not visible on the map, in order to highlight this information to the Department as part of the Public Consultation. To contact the WDC, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 094 9861441.
Deirdre Frost, Policy Analyst WDC: email@example.com, 086 605 3317 or 094 9861441