Irish government exploring possibility of speeding NBP rollout

25 Sep 2020

Ireland’s government is said to be considering fast-tracking the National Broadband Plan (NBP) in response to the coronavirus crisis, The Irish Times writes, citing Minister for Communications Eamon Ryan. Speaking in the Dail Eireann, the minister was reported to have said that the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of reliable broadband in facilitating remote working, providing access to education and for essential online facilities. ‘My department is engaging with National Broadband Ireland (NBI) to explore the feasibility of accelerating aspects of the planned rollout to establish the possibility of bringing forward premises which are currently scheduled in years six and seven of the plan to an earlier date’. Such discussions are reportedly ‘ongoing’, while Ryan noted that any changes proposed in relation to accelerating the plan would require ‘detailed technical, commercial and financial analysis’.

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