Plans announced this week by the government to ensure an additional 300,000 premises nationwide will have acccess to high speed broadband within the next two years should benefit several areas in the Ardee and Mid-Louth area that experience relatively poor broadband infrastructure.
On Tuesday, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten TD announced that rural areas across the country that were previously designated as state intervention areas would now be delivered commerical high speed broadband as part of a new deal with the telecommunications giant eir.
The government and eir are aiming to complete the broadband delivery within 900 weeks – meaning an extra 500 rural homes will benefit from better access every day. Also, an additional 84,500 rural premises nationwide were added to the State Intervention Area.
Around Ardee, areas such as Bohernamoe, Shanlis, Oberstown, Kilpatrick, Belpatrick, Smarmore, Funshog, Anaglog, Millockstown, Blakestown, Stickillen, Roodstown, Riverstown, Stabannon, Mullanstown, Gudderstown, Ballbailie, Artnalivery, Cookstown, Rahanna, Glebe, Pepperstown and Mandistown will all benefit.
“It is good news for rural Louth,” Fergus O’Dowd TD said after the announcement. “This is another step in the right direction to providing High Speed Broadband to rural areas that have been unable to grow their businesses, access good quality speeds in their home if any and provide broadband infrastructure in areas that are in need of investment.”
Speaking at the announcment on Tuesday, Minister Naughton said, “This is not about promises or plans, this is action. The agreement that I have signed with Eir means that one house every minute of every working day will get ‘fibre-to-the-door’ high-speed broadband – over the next 90 weeks.
“Over the last four years, commercial operators have invested over €2.5 billion upgrading telecoms networks and services. This is a clear indication that the state’s commitment to broadband is driving investment from the commercial sector,” he continued.
The wider Ardee area does get relatively good connectivity speeds when compared to some areas in the midlands and to the west of the country, but the news will still be a boost to those who live outside of main towns and struggle to get speeds required for work or home entertainment.
You can view the National Broadband Plan interactive map by clicking here – where you can find out whether your home or premises is in line for improved broadband connectivity through the new deal or whether your area remains a state intervention area.
Areas in blue show areas where commercial operators are currently providing high speed broadband access whilst the light blue spots are the areas and premises which will benefit from the new deal. The amber areas are the target areas for the State Intervention of the National Broadband Plan. This essentially means these areas continue to wait for the provision.