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High-speed broadband for every home, school, farm and business in Ireland

Christian Fernsby |
The signing of the contract for the delivery of the National Broadband Plan is a “game-changer” for Ireland, according to the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD.

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The National Broadband Plan, the Minister said, will bring high-speed internet connectivity to 1.1 million people, 537,596 premises, 56,000 farms, 44,000 businesses and 695 schools.

He believes it will enable the diversification of rural economies and will provide businesses with opportunities to create employment and to access new markets.

“The Government’s commitment to a maximum possible investment of €3 billion, to deliver the National Broadband Plan, reflects the importance we attach to the equitable economic and social development of our country.” Minister Ring outlined.

“With this commitment, we are making a clear statement that rural Ireland matters, that it is a sound investment, and that our nation’s economic and social development relies as much on the contribution and creativity of rural dwellers as it does on those living in our cities.”

In a tweet, an Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, said: “Today, we have signed the contract for the National Broadband Plan.”

“Every home, school, farm and business in Ireland will get access to high-speed broadband.”

“No part of the country will be left behind. The NBP is the biggest ever investment in rural Ireland.” the tweet concluded.

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