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Irish govt announces EUR 200,000 funding for rural broadband services

Wednesday 15 January 2020 | 13:03 CET | News

Michael Ring, Ireland's Minister for Rural and Community Development, and Sean Canney, Minister for Digital Development, have announced additional investment of EUR 200,000 in high-speed rural broadband through the Broadband Connection Points (BCP) scheme.

BCPs are publicly accessible facilities, such as schools and community centres, in areas targeted by the National Broadband Plan (NBP). The funding can be used Local Authorities to cover the costs of minor building or electrical works needed to prepare the BCPs for high-speed broadband connection.

The BCPs will be the first premises connected through the NBP and will provide connectivity to some of Ireland's most rural and isolated communities, including islands off Donegal, Cork, Galway and Mayo. The first BCP is expected to be connect in 1st-half 2020, with the rest connected over the following 12 months. 

There will be a total of around 300 BCPs across the country. They will be provided with a temporary wireless high-speed broadband connection (150/30 Mbps), which they will keep for three years or until the NBP provides them with a permanent high-speed broadband connection. 



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