- Awarding of National Broadband Plan contract will see €153 million investment in Galway and €145 million investment in Mayo
- Contract includes 38,338 premises in Galway and 36,390 in Mayo
- First phase ‘Broadband Connection Points’ to include 20 locations in Galway and 12 in Mayo
- All of Galway’s islands to receive Broadband Connection Point next year
Following an early morning Cabinet meeting on Tuesday the contract for the National Broadband Plan has been awarded to National Broadband Ireland. The NBP contract will see investment of €153 million and €145 million in Galway and Mayo respectively and includes 38,338 households and businesses in Galway and 36,390 in Mayo.
After significant and meticulous preparation the Government has approved the awarding of the National Broadband Plan contract. The National Broadband Plan is to the 21st Century what the Rural Electrification Scheme was to the 20th. It will ensure that every community in every county in the country will have a sustainable future.
The ability to access reliable and reasonably-priced broadband has become essential for households, for businesses of all types and sizes, for community and voluntary enterprises, for farms, for schools and for sports clubs everywhere.
This substantial and unprecedented investment by Government will positively impact every community in Galway, Mayo and across the country. From the communities close to Galway city to our island communities and everywhere in between, the NBP will deliver quality and affordable broadband connectivity and the transformative effects it brings.
Under the NBP people will be able to work and study and access services from home. Local businesses will be able to grow and new ones start up, schools will be able to harness the power of ICT and access online educational resources, tourism-based businesses will able to attract new and repeat visitors.
It’s been said that the NBP is not just about Netflix. And that’s true; it’s about much more than that. But in a way, the ability to access streaming services is one of the clearest examples of the digital divide that exists. And Fine Gael in government, through the National Broadband Plan, will end this divide.
As part of the first phase of the NBP 300 ‘Broadband Connection Points’ will be created. The locations of the BCPs have been selected by the Department of Rural and Community Development and include public areas such as community halls, schools, libraries, GAA facilities, enterprise hubs, tourist locations and other public spaces. In Galway and Mayo there are 32 Broadband Connection Points – 20 in Galway and 12 in Mayo – see https://nbi.ie/broadband-connection-points/ for full list.