Progress has been made with the National Broadband Plan (NBP) in County Galway.
The first phase of the implementation plan is well under way.
Nationally 22,000 premises have been surveyed, including several areas of County Galway.
The surveys involve NBI contractors on the ground physically walking the routes and documenting existing infrastructure such as poles, cables and underground ducts that can be used to ensure the roll-out is cost-efficient.
Surveys have been completed in townlands around Clarinbridge, Claregalway, Oranmore and Furbo, while they are under way at Lawrencetown, Kiltormer, Kilconnell, Cappataggle, Aughrim, Clontuskert, Ahascragh, Cromagh and areas around Ballinasloe.
NBI is on track to pass 10,000 premises nationally by the end of the year with the first fibre to home connection expected by December.
Much of the design and survey work is front-loaded so there will be a rapid increase in connections in 2021.
Never has the need for high-speed broadband been so acutely highlighted as in the current COVID-19 crisis.
Those without high-speed broadband are at a great disadvantage. Everyone is entitled to it and that is why I ensured that rural high-speed fibre broadband was an integral part of the last Programme for Government.
My commitment to its implementation has never wavered, despite objections from some political quarters.
I am very pleased that the work being carried out has continued to progress in spite of the disruption caused by the public health emergency.
NBI has updated its website www.nbi.ie so that members of the public can use their Eircode or address to check whether their homes are within the roll-out area and to see if surveying is under way or pending. The website will be updated monthly as the project proceeds.
Anyone with further queries can call NBI’s contact centre at 0818-624624 or email contactus@nbi.ie .
Around €152 million will be invested in installing and maintaining a high-speed fibre network throughout Galway over the next 25 years.