Labour Party Cllr. Sean Counihan has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte TD that the government has committed to a major telecommunications network build-out to rural Ireland, with fibre as a cornerstone of its investment under the National Broadband Plan.
“This commitment is a clear expression of government’s determination to address the connectivity challenge in rural Ireland in a meaningful and sustainable way.
These high speed services are possible because the networks on which they are based have a strong fibre component. This model cannot be replicated commercially in many rural areas because the fibre networks do not exist and population densities are small. The government has confirmed that it intends to ensure that rural Ireland enjoys similar opportunities by ensuring an end-to end market intervention with fibre as a core component,” said Cllr. Counihan.
“It is an investment for this generation and the next. By providing the critical fibre infrastructure as a key component of an end-to-end solution, we aim to ensure that services to rural communities can continue to scale up to meet demand, similar to the way in which the urban market has developed,” he added.
“This strategy not only supports balanced regional development, it also delivers a solution which is future-proofed and capable of responding to new technology developments and increasing demand. It will ensure that all businesses and citizens across Ireland can participate in and maximise the benefits of a digitally enabled economy and society.”
There are 59 Villages in Kerry with 10 in the Killarney Electoral Area and these areas are: Ballyhar, Barraduff, Cordal, Currow, Glenflesk, Gneeveguilla, Headford, Kilcummin, Mastergeeha, and Spa.