INDEPENDENT TD Michael Collins has described the announcement of an additional 20,000 homes in Co. Cork gaining access to high-speed broadband as a significant boost for life in rural Ireland.
“This roll out of Fibre Broadband Connectivity, while still a work in progress, in West Cork has to be welcomed,” Deputy Collins said.
“The availability of high-speed broadband is a vital service for business life in West Cork, and I am delighted that so many areas that were once unable to access broadband can now look forward to a significantly enhanced service.”
An additional 300,000 premises across the country will now have access to commercial high-speed broadband.
“Over the last four years commercial operators have invested €2.5 billion upgrading the telecoms network”, Deputy Collins said.
“Since first being elected to Dáil Eireann I have worked closely with Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD highlighting the need for more investment in both infrastructure and services in rural Ireland. I am delighted to see that the government has moved to ensure that businesses and households in West Cork are given the same opportunities to grow and prosper, opportunities urban areas have long enjoyed.”
The Broadband Intervention Map for the National Broadband Plan has now been updated to show the parts of the country that will require state intervention.
“While I welcome the news that areas such as Innishannon, Kinsale, Union Hall, Rosscarbery, Goleen, and many, many more are now able to access high-speed broadband. We need to continue to ensure that this service is available to ALL businesses and homes in West Cork,”’ Deputy Collins said.