11 rural ‘hubs’ across Waterford to get high-speed broadband in 2020
High-speed broadband will be delivered to 11 rural Waterford ‘hubs’ in 2020.
The news comes after the Government yesterday announced it will invest €59 million to deliver high-speed broadband to 14,876 homes in Waterford by 2025.
Confirming the announcement, Waterford Senator Paudie Coffey said: “This is a landmark day for Waterford and for rural Ireland generally.”
The National Broadband Plan is the Government’s plan to rollout high speed broadband to the 1.1 million people living and working in the nearly 540,000 premises nationally, including 100,000 businesses and farms, and over 600 schools, where commercial operators will not commit to deliver the service.
Senator Coffey added: “The work will start immediately, with roll-out of broadband within eight weeks of today’s contract signing. Over 90% of premises in the State will have access to high speed broadband within four years.
“Quite simply this means rural communities Waterford will not be left behind. All of rural Ireland will get the same access to opportunities offered by high-speed broadband as those in urban areas.
“Fine Gael is delivering on transforming the country for the better and providing more opportunities to all. We have prioritised rural broadband as others, including Fianna Fáil, did everything they could to attempt to derail the plan in a bid to score political points.
“Unlike Fianna Fáil and others, Fine Gael is working to ensure rural Ireland is to the fore of the country’s progression and development. Whereas we have a plan for the country, opposition and critics like Fianna Fáil provide only obstacles. They have no plan, no solutions and no policies for broadband for Ireland.
“As an initial step, the Government has published a list of approximately 300 community centres, schools, library hubs and local GAA halls in every county that will be connected to high speed broadband during 2020, to enable communities to quickly get free public access to high speed broadband.”
The locations in Waterford that will be connected next year include:
*Ballycurrane National School, Clashmore;
*Ballylaneen Community Hall, Ballylaneen, Kilmacthomas;
*Ballysaggart Community Centre, Feargarrid, Ballysaggart, Lismore;
*Faithlegge National School, Faithlegg:
*Fenor National School, Fenor, Tramore;
*Kgk Community Centre, Knockanore, Tallow;
*Kilbrien Community Centre, Kilbrien Lower, Ballinamult;
*Modeligo Community Hall, Modeligo, Cappagh, Dungarvan;
*Mount Melleray Community Hall, Mount Melleray, Cappoquin;
*Saint Mary’s National School, Butlerstown;
*Whitechurch National School, Clonkerdon, Cappagh, Dungarvan.
The Waterford Fine Gael General Election candidate (pictured below with Rural Affairs Minister Michael Ring) added: “The ultimate goal here is to deliver high-speed broadband to homes and businesses all across the country. The delivery of high-speed broadband will be hugely beneficial to economic development and job creation in Waterford It will open up a whole range of possibilities including: flexible and remote working; smart health with online GP and nursing services and medical monitoring; cloud-based services and connected devices; smart farming opportunities; digital learning; and reliable electronic payments and bookings for businesses.
“We want to ensure that people who wish to live and work in Waterford are supported in doing so. It is so crucial for balanced regional development that everyone in the country does not have to go to Dublin to work, study or start an enterprise.”