15 rural locations in Wicklow to benefit under broadband strategy

Fine Gael TD, for Wicklow, Deputy Doyle, has welcomed the Government announcement that 15 locations in Wicklow are set to benefit as a result of plans to greatly increase access to high speed broadband in rural Ireland an initiative that will help to boost job creation in rural areas

“This has been a measure that I have been pressing for some time as the need for economic development of rural Wicklow can only be implemented with efficient access and enabling supports. In the context of Broadband and its strategic role from an enterprise perspective the availability of a minimum 30Mbps to all rural areas such as Wicklow is required. Acknowledged in a report carried out by CEDRA recently a positive step in the right direction and the objectives that smaller and more rural areas are not at a disadvantage in retaining and attracting enterprise and employment to the principle urban centres is vital”

“The quality, reliable high speed broadband is vital for the 21st Century and the Government is committing to investing significantly in our fibre network, to ensure that rural communities are not left behind. This will make it much easier for broadband companies to offer high speed internet access right across the country and will ensure that the recovery in the jobs market is felt nationwide.

“I welcome that 15 locations set out below in Wicklow will benefit as a result. A good start and more needed to be done. Since the announcement of the National Broadband Plan in 2012, the number of companies, such as Eircom, UPC and Sky, offering high speed internet access has increased significantly.

  • Askanagap
  • Ballinglen
  • Ballyconnell
  • Ballycoog
  • Coolboy
  • Coolkenna
  • Glencree
  • Grange Con
  • Hollywood
  • Knockananna
  • Knockanarrigan
  • Moyne
  • Rathdangan
  • Redcross
  • Stratford

Doyle adds that “The fibre build-out to rural Ireland will be one of the corner stones of our communications strategy. The plan for Broadband will address the areas of the country which cannot access commercial high speed broadband, ensuring fibre networks are available so commercial companies can deliver broadband directly to homes and businesses. I very much welcome this initiative.”

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