EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager (above a`nd Minister for Communications Richard Bruton (top)
The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, €2.6 billion of public support for the controversial National Broadband Plan.
Communications Minister Richard Bruton said:
“I welcome today’s decision by the European Commission to grant state aid approval to the National Broadband Plan.
The National Broadband Plan will deliver high speed broadband to 1.1 million people, almost one quarter of our country. Without high speed broadband it will be significantly more difficult to attract new jobs to rural areas and develop new enterprise opportunities and it will be more difficult to retain the jobs that currently exist in these areas. H
igh speed broadband will allow remote working, which can ease congestion and reduce emissions. It will ensure that the digital revolution happening in education, healthcare, farming and tourism does not bypass rural Ireland. We will make sure that rural Ireland is not left behind.”
Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of EC competition policy said:
“The National Broadband Plan in Ireland is expected to address the significant digital divide between urban and rural areas in Ireland, enabling Irish consumers and businesses to benefit from the full potential of digital growth. This will help households and businesses in areas of Ireland where private investment is insufficient.”
Previously: National Broadband Plan on Broadsheet