Roscommon-Galway TD Claire Kerrane has raised concerns about delays to the rollout of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) to rural communities.
Her concerns come after government officials and National Broadband Ireland confirmed today that just 17,000 premises have been completed this year to date.
Speaking this morning, Deputy Kerrane said that delays to the rollout of the National Broadband Plan have serious implications for rural communities.
She said that the target for 2021 was 115,000 installations, yet today it was confirmed that the revised estimate for the end of this year is now 60,000 – just half of the initial milestone target.
“Yet again, we are hearing that workers and families in rural areas will be left waiting for broadband, and it seems there are many areas which will be waiting for quite some time,” said the Sinn Féin TD.
“Households and businesses in rural areas need reliable broadband for their day-to-day lives. Accelerated broadband rollout for rural communities is not too much to ask for in this day and age.”
Deputy Kerrane said that it was a commitment in the Programme for Government, and it is still being looked at as regards the possibility of making this happen.
“I am calling on the government to ensure that targets for broadband in rural areas are ambitious and that resources are provided to ensure they are met.”
“We need to see government accountability for broadband rollout in rural communities and we need to see it now.”