Deputy Noel Coonan said there is good news for Templemore businesses and residents with the news that a new fibre broadband cabinet located on Main Street is expected to be commissioned by Christmas.
“I contacted telecoms providers including Eir and Vodafone to highlight the need among Templemore traders and residents for adequate broadband in the town centre. Templemore Traders Association contacted me on the matter as did other business owners.
“I met with telecom providers to explain the concerns of the Templemore community in Leinster House last week. Previously, I was liaising with Eir and Vodafone on separate constituent broadband representations. In response Eir has informed me that five out of six fibre cabinets are operational in Templemore, the fifth in service since July 22, and the final sixth cabinet for which Eir submitted its application to the Council, has been approved. Eir said there are several tasks that need to be completed but estimate this cabinet will be commissioned by Christmas.
“High speed broadband is necessary for the smooth daily running of existing businesses and also for attracting inward investment. It is a crucial modern service that is expected, demanded and should be available to all.
“Fine Gael in Government is extremely aware of the necessity of broadband and is working hard to connect communities through the National Broadband Plan and roll out the infrastructure to all areas through a combination of State and commercial investment. We have greatly increased the availability of the service in Tipperary but I am aware that areas still feel neglected. It is an issue I constantly raise in Leinster House and I will continue to do so.
“In July we published a broadband Intervention Strategy. The draft sets out how the Government proposes to ensure the delivery of high-speed broadband in areas where the commercial sector will not invest on its own. This strategy was developed following intensive agreement with industry and wider stakeholders. We sought views of the public and submissions have been received and will be considered going forward,” said Deputy Coonan.