National Broadband Plan Map Consultation

Consultation on Conclusion of the NBP Mapping Exercise for the Intervention Area

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The Department invites retail service providers, premises owners and/or consumers of broadband services that reside in areas marked as Blue or Light Blue on the NBP Map to submit information.

Since 2013, the Department has engaged in an extensive process of mapping broadband availability in Ireland in order to identify areas which have no existing or planned Next Generation Access (NGA) networks.  At this point, it is now important to give the Department certainty with respect to the scope of the Intervention Area.  Therefore, following this consultation, the Department will conclude its mapping exercise and confirm the scope of the Intervention Area for the purposes of the deployment.

Through this consultation, the Department is seeking submissions from network owners or operators that have either:

(i)  an existing NGA network that is not currently represented on the NBP Map and wishes to have that network represented on the NBP Map, or

(ii)  new and substantive NGA network investment plans in the Intervention Area that will be implemented over the next 7 years which would pass the technical, deployment and financial criteria applied by the Department and who would be prepared to enter into legally binding commitment agreement to deliver such investment plans.

(iii)  whether particular barriers exist in deploying NGA networks to premises and if so, to clearly set out what these are and propose solutions on how these issues could be resolved absent State Aid.

The Department invites retail service providers, premises owners and/or consumers of broadband services that reside in areas marked as Blue or Light Blue on the NBP Map to submit information in particular on the following: 

(i) where they cannot secure access to NGA services from any service provider in their area, details of any correspondence with service providers where broadband services were requested, the eircode of their premises and any other relevant information.

(ii) whether they have experienced any issues in placing orders, or getting orders/connections implemented for confirmed orders placed to connect premise(s) with an NGA service.

Stakeholders may also submit other comments or observations which do not fall under the above mentioned categories.It is not expected that there will be a material change to the broadband map in terms of numbers of premises.  Notwithstanding any adjustments to the Map deemed appropriate by the Department following this consultation, up or down, the capped subsidy submitted by Granahan McCourt and approved on the 7th May by Government, cannot increase, it can only decrease. In accordance with Article 3.2 of the EU Guidelines for the Application of State Aid Rules in relation to the Rapid Deployment of Broadband Networks concerning public consultation, Member States should give adequate publicity to the main characteristics of the measure and to the list of target areas by publishing the relevant information of the project and inviting comment. The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday 23 August 2019 and should be sent to nbpmapping@dccae.gov.ieAnd/or Nuala Dormer,National Broadband Plan Division 

Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment29-31 Adelaide RoadDublin 2IrelandD02 X285

 

Refer to https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/communications/consultations/Pages/Conclusion-of-NBP-Mapping-Exercise.aspx for more detail.