Plan aims for 100pc coverage by 2020
The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources launched its updated National Broadband Plan (NBP) intervention strategy three days before Christmas heralding it as "a defining moment" for the procurement process for the delivery of broadband infrastructure.
On the same day, it officially launched its procurement process.
Minister Alex White said it was designed to be "a lasting solution that compliments existing commercial investment" that "benefits all citizens in whatever part of the country they live or work".
He said the Government was now committing to "definitively tackling Ireland's broadband challenge" in productive cooperation with industry.
"Quite simply, this is the most ambitious investment in broadband yet by Government," he said.
Mr White added the Government's Capital Plan in September included an allocation of €275m for the first five years of the NBP network rollout.
He said he expected further State funding throughout the 25-year lifetime of the contract, compliment by "accelerated" commercial investment, alleviating somewhat the burden on the taxpayer.