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Speed of National Broadband Plan rollout questioned by Leitrim councillors

Sep 6, 2022 13:09 By Shannonside News
Speed of National Broadband Plan rollout questioned by Leitrim councillors Speed of National Broadband Plan rollout questioned by Leitrim councillors
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The issue was raised at a meeting of Leitrim County Council.

Over half of homes and businesses in Leitrim require connection to High speed Internet as part of the National Broadband Plan.

Figures presented at the September meeting of Leitrim County Council show 11,600 local premises do not have acceptable access to reliable Internet.

The NBP are currently carrying out work in each county installing the infrastructure, with 559,000 premises expected to be connected in the next 5 years.

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As part of the works, 46 million euro is being spent in Leitrim, with sections in Carrick on Shannon serving 430 homes and businesses due for activation in the coming weeks.

According to the update to County Councillors this week, there are currently 12 broadband connection points operating in community hubs and schools in Leitrim.

The update was questioned by some local representatives with the speed of the roll out to rural areas criticised by several councillors.

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While work on the network is underway and examinations have been complete in Carrick on Shannon and Keshcarrigan, initial surveys are still pending for areas such as Rooskey, Dowra and Carrigallen.

According to Technical Director at the National Broadband plan, Pat O’Toole during his presentation, 'somewhere has to be first and somewhere has to be last.'

Local representatives were quick to point out that in their view, rural Leitrim communities were being left behind once again.

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