Up to 80,000 homes unable to connect to broadband networks without costly interventions.
The Government may be forced to extend the reach of its broadband scheme because of the large number of homes being left with sub-standard services in areas supplied by commercial operators.
Sources suggest up to 80,000 homes, not included in the National Broadband Plan (NBP), cannot be connected to broadband networks in their areas for a variety of reasons without costly interventions.
The crux of the issue lies in the difference between “premises passed” by the new technology, the phrase industry uses, and those that can be connected to it, the threshold the Government insists upon.
Companies usually run their new fibre technologies to a cabinet at street level, but not all homes can access the cabinet, either because of geography or because their original copper connections have degraded.
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Article by Eoin Burke Kennedy