Broadband plan nets €32m


14 Nov 200336 Views

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInPin on PinterestShare on RedditEmail this to someone

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInPin on PinterestShare on RedditEmail this to someone

Close to €32m will be invested in broadband according to the latest Book of Estimates, as part of a plan aimed at bringing high-capacity metropolitan area networks to 19 towns around Ireland.

Last year the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources confirmed that €19m was spent on the National Broadband Strategy in 2001, €32m in 2003 and €32m in 2004.

Confirming the spend for 2004, Minister Dermot Ahern TD said: “This is a key Government project. Without it our availability to attract inward investment in locations outside of Dublin will be diminished. A modern, high-speed, low-cost communications and broadband network is an essential enabler of economic activity and social inclusion.”

Support Silicon Republic

The 19 towns involved in the project are: Waterford, Dungarvan, Wexford, Carlow, Clonmel, Kilkenny, Cork, Shannon/Limerick, Galway, Athlone, Mullingar, Carrick-on-Shannon, Manorhamilton, Gweedore, Roscommon, Portlaoise, Letterkenny, Tullamore and Ballina.

By John Kennedy