Broadband connection points for North and West Clare

16th October 2020

Source: The Clare Champion

Three new broadband connection points have been installed in North and West Clare as part of the Government's National Broadband Plan.

The local Broadband Connection Points (BCPs), which are located at the Michael Cusack Visitor Centre, Cree Community Centre and Loop Head Lighthouse, were installed over a three-day period in the middle of last month.

Clare TD Joe Carey said, “Broadband Connection Points are among the first premises to be connected under the National Broadband Plan and are located in some of the most isolated and rural communities in the county.

 “They will pravide communities across Clare with free high-speed internet access at publicly-accessible sites under the Government's new Connected ‘Communities initiative.

“The Covid-19 crisis has shown the value of digital technology in enabling workers, businesses and families in Clare to stay connected and in touch with each other. The BCPs are intended to bring people together through digital connectivity, and it's that togetherness that I want to emphasise.

“When people can work from their own communities here in Clare, they can maintain the close connections that matter most: family, friends, community, and their homes.

“More than that, they can support local businesses, sports and community groups, all of which contributes to sustainable communities.”

The BCP initiative is a collaborative effort involving the Department of Rural and Community Development, the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications, Local Authorities and the owners and managers of the BCP sites.

BCPs will be provided with a temporary wireless high-speed broadband connection of up to

150mbps which they will keep for three years, or until they are provided with a permanent high-speed broadband connection under the National Broadband Plan.

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