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27th January 2020
National Broadband Ireland representatives were in Limerick on January 24 last to present at a monthly TAG meeting.
The Telecommunications Action Group (TAG) is made up of local authority broadband officers and Department of Rural & Community Development (DRCD) staff.
TAG meetings provide an opportunity to discuss broadband roll-out plans, recent events and share experiences and information.
The main focus of the Limerick TAG was ‘make ready’ preparations required for almost 300 new Broadband Connections Points (BCPs) that will become available to the public in rural areas this year, under the National Broadband Plan (NBP).
Broadband officers heard from NBI’s Head of Product Paul Mulqueen about the importance of site surveys and how the installation process works for connecting each BCP to high speed internet.
Head of Communications Nicola Cooke spoke about a NBI new contact centre being established and communications to Gardai and other stakeholders re the start of surveying works in Cork and Galway.
The group was also addressed by NBP Programme Director Fergal Mulligan, who stressed the importance of the BCPs – and proactive use of them – ahead of a full fibre rollout in the Intervention Area (IA).
Broadband officers in over 30 local authorities nationwide are currently arranging site surveys and subsequent high speed connections for these BCPs.
There will be free public internet access at these hubs under a DRCD funding programme, and more information will be provided as the BCPs come online.
Deputy Denis Naughten has welcomed the fact that the first three broadband connection points in Creeve, Gorlaganny and Tulsk have now gone live, providing high-speed broadband hotspots in those communities.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD and the Mayor of Kerry, Cllr. Patrick Connor-Scarteen have today launched Kerry’s first Connected Communities Hub or ‘Broadband Connection Point’ at the historic Cable Station, in Knightstown, Valentia. The launch took place by webinar having regard to current public health guidance.READ MORE