European Commission Sanction Billions For National Broadband Plan

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The European Commission has approved, under State aid rules, €2.6bn of public subsidy for Ireland’s National Broadband Plan.

The Commission concluded that the scheme’s positive effects on competition outweigh potential negative effects brought about by public intervention.

The scheme aims to address connectivity deficits across Ireland and to achieve 100% high-speed coverage.

The scheme targets areas where no broadband infrastructure offering download speeds of at least 30 Mbps is currently in place, and where no private investor has demonstrated a concrete plan to invest commercially in the near future.

Authorities have developed a comprehensive mapping of available infrastructure and carried out numerous public consultations in order to determine the target areas.

The subsidised network will offer wholesale access to all operators on an open, transparent and non-discriminatory basis, and will therefore incentivise private investments in the provision of high-speed internet services to households and businesses in the target areas.

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