The government has officially given the go ahead for the National Broadband Plan.
A preferred bidder for the contract has been appointed to rollout high-speed internet access to 1.1 million people.
The first new homes will be connected in 2020 – but some may have to wait years to be on the grid.
The cost of the plan is €3 billion, significantly more than the €500,000 originally predicted.
Seamus Boland, the chief executive of Irish Rural Link, says the plan will radically change rural Ireland.
Sean Mahon, the treasurer of Roscommon Chamber of Commerce, also welcomes this evening’s announcement.
But he objects to it taking 25 years for high-speed broadband to be brought to every premises in Ireland.