David McCourt, CEO and founder of Granahan mcCourt and Peter Hendrick, CEO of National Broadband Ireland at the signing of the broadband contract. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Some 300 towns and villages across Ireland are to get high-speed internet hubs while they await the arrival of the National Broadband Plan (NBP), the (...)

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte announced the National Broadband Plan (NBP) on August 30th, 2012, describing it as “the rural electrification of the 21st century”.

August 30th, 2012: Minister for communications Pat Rabbitte announces the National Broadband Plan (NBP), describing it as “the rural electrification o(...)

Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The European Commission has given its approval, under EU state aid rules, for the Government’s €3 billion National Broadband Plan. The move paves the(...)

National Broadband Plan: Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane wants the committee to agree  the infrastructure “should remain in public ownership”. Photograph:  Michael Smith/Getty

Proposals to keep the new broadband network in public ownership will be voted on on Tuesday by members of a key Oireachtas committee. The Oireachtas (...)

The cost of the NBP, which aims to connect some 540,000 rural homes and businesses to high-speed broadband, is now projected to be in the region of €3 billion

The additional cost of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) will come from “future revenues” and will not eat into other planned projects, the Government(...)

Officials from the Department of Communications want to make it mandatory that ducting for high-speed broadband be included for new house planning permission to be obtained.

New homes may be required to have high-speed broadband cabling installed in order to gain planning approval under plans being advanced by Government. (...)

An Oireachtas committee is currently investigating the National Broadband Plan. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

David McCourt, the chief executive of the preferred bidder for the National Broadband Plan (NBP), has refused an invitation to appear before the Oirea(...)

The Government will be ‘riding shotgun’ on the National Broadband Plan to ensure that costs are controlled, the Minister for Communications Richard Bruton has told an Oireachtas committee. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

The Government will be “riding shotgun” on the National Broadband Plan to ensure that costs are controlled, the Minister for Communications Richard Br(...)

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton at the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly in the Druids Glen Hotel, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fianna Fáil will continue to press for answers on the National Broadband Plan today, but is unlikely to threaten the survival of the Government on the(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has promised to keep a tight rein on costs when it comes to delivering the National Broadband Plan, insisting th(...)

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