National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company delivering the National Broadband Plan (NBP) on behalf of the Government, will host a pop-up information event in Market Square in Castlebar on Friday the 1st and Saturday the 2nd of October, with the events taking place from 10 am to 4 pm each day.
These upcoming events aim to give even more people an opportunity to learn about the NBP, when high speed fibre broadband is coming to Castlebar and how they can get connected. The NBI team will be on-hand to register people for future updates on the rollout in their area.
Peter Hendrick, CEO of National Broadband Ireland said, “National Broadband Ireland is excited about the opportunity to engage directly with the people of Castlebar and give them information about when high-speed broadband will be available, let them know how they can connect to the NBI network and how they can register for progress updates specific to their Eircode.”
NBI currently has construction underway to bring fibre to 2,139 premises in the townlands in the Castlebar Intervention Area, which includes Baloor, Mountdaisy, Crochaloch, Islandeady, Ross West, Ballyhean, Drumalaheen and Keelcoil among others, all of which are already eligible to order services on the new high-speed fibre broadband network.
Once these premises are available to order these customers can choose their broadband services from a retail service provider (RSPs) of their choice. This is expected to bring significant benefits directly to consumers and businesses where competition between RSPs will ensure quality bundled packages offer choice around voice, broadband, TV and mobile at competitive prices.
In advance of the Fibre-to-the-Home roll out, the NBP provides for the delivery of Broadband Connection Points nationwide. These facilities – which include sports clubs, community centres and tourist sites – will provide free public access to high-speed internet in the rollout area. There are sixteen Broadband Connection Points in Mayo, twelve of which have already been connected, including Islandeady Community Centre, The Black Tom Freeman Sport and Community Amenities Centre, Clare Island Community Centre, Belderrig Community Centre, Kilmovee Community Centre and Finny Community Centre.
In total, there are 36,495 premises in the Intervention Area (IA) in County Mayo, which includes homes, farms, commercial businesses and schools. This equates to 44% of all premises in the county. Under the National Broadband Plan, Mayo will see an investment of €145M in the new high speed fibre network. NBI is encouraging people to keep-up-to-date with Eircode specific updates at /eoi/.