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Taoiseach called on to clarify roll-out of national broadband plan.

Taoiseach called on to clarify roll-out of national broadband plan. There are calls for ’straight-talking’ from the Taoiseach over the roll-out of the national broadband plan. Over half a million people around the country are thought to be waiting for high-speed connections. Fianna Fail TD Timmy Dooley says it is time for Leo Varadkar to […]

Broadband deficit is holding back farming

Broadband deficit is holding back farming. Irish farming is in danger of being left behind its European counterparts because of poor or non-existent high-speed broadband, contractors have warned. Tom Murphy from the Professional Agricultural Contractors of Ireland (PAC) said smart farming will form part of the future of agriculture. “If we don’t have the broadband […]

Ireland rises in world internet speed rankings but 57th for mobile

The world’s internet speeds rose by more than 30 per cent this year, according to a new report that shows Ireland is currently performing better than the global average for both mobile and fixed broadband connectivity. Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index, which measures internet performance in more than 120 countries, ranks Ireland 34th in the world for fixed […]

Mayo concerns raised over ‘flawed’ national plan

Mayo concerns raised over ‘flawed’ national plan. OFFICIALS at the highest levels within Mayo County Council have expressed serious concern that the west and northwest will lose out badly if the strategy proposed in the National Planning Framework (Ireland 2040) is approved by the Oireachtas. Ian Douglas, senior planner with the authority, said: “In my […]

Half of Irish adults would be prepared to relocate for a better broadband connection

Having a fast, strong broadband connection is so important for us that we would consider moving home for a better service. According to the results of a recent Pure Telecom survey, half of Irish adults who experience inadequate broadband speeds would be prepared to relocate for an improved connection. For those respondents who have broadband, […]

It’s like awaiting rural electrification in the 1950s all over again.

It is difficult to imagine it now but rural parts of Ireland underwent a technological revolution when electricity was finally delivered to people’s front doors in the 1950s. We can get an impression by watching the grainy, scratchy-sounding news reels showing people plugging in a kettle or a heater or switching on a light rather than an […]

Tensions abound as broadband scheme enters crucial phase

Tensions abound as broadband scheme enters crucial phase.   Recently, the government inadvertently published some internal government documents revealing extra details on the cost and tension behind the National Broadband Plan rollout. I say ‘inadvertently’ because the Government tried to redact the document but didn’t do it properly – anyone with a cursory knowledge of […]