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Sunday 23 September 2018

Council gets update on broadband

Broadband development officer Carolyne Godkin gave a presentation to members of the Enniscorthy Municipal District last week to update them on how the National Broadband Plan would progress across the District. She pointed out that progress was ongoing on providing access to high speed broadband across the county, but a lot more work needs to be done.

Ms Godkin advised that people could log onto the www.broadband.gov.ie website to see how things were progressing in their area and type in their eircode to see what zone they were in. The map of the country is divided into three zones. Blue areas were those in which operators are delivering or have immediate plans to deliver high speed broadband. Light blue indicated areas where Eir has committed to the roll out of high speed broadband by the end of 2018. Finally the amber zone is the zone that nobody wants to be in as Ms Godkin indicated that these people had 'no realistic prospect of being connected to high speed broadband before 2020'.

While quite a bit of the map does appear to be coloured amber, Ms Godkin said that around three quarters of premises across the county already have access to quality broadband. However, a total of 21,320 premises will not be serviced until the state broadband plan is complete.

Cllr Barbara Anne Murphy said that there were premises in the Bunclody area that were not accounted for on the map. 'If we can't get that much right, how are we going to get anywhere?' she asked. Ms Godkin replied that the map was being updated all the time. In relation to the amber zones, she said that unfortunately, they have no capacity to encourage operators to increase availability in rural areas and unfortunately some homes and businesses face a long wait.

In terms of the Enniscorthy District, while much of the town and Bunclody seem to have good coverage, areas such as Rathnure, Clonroche and Bree are listed as light blue, meaning it is hoped they will be up and running by the end of the year.

For more details, and to view the map, visit broadband.gov.ie.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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