€89 million will be invested by the Government to deliver high-speed broadband to more than 22,300 homes and businesses in Clare.
Cabinet Ministers met from early this morning to approve the National Broadband Plan, with the contract being signed by Communciations Minister Richard Bruton and David McCourt of the winning consortium, National Broadband Ireland.
The first homes under this project are likely to be connected next year while work is set to begin this year on broadband hubs, which are communal workspaces in rural Ireland with access to high speed internet.
Opposition parties have been critical of both the cost and the timing of this announcement but Clare’s Independent TD Dr Michael Harty claims that while a number of issues still need to be discussed, the controversial 3 billion euro plan must now go ahead.
Clare’s Fine Gael Senator Martin Conway has been telling Clare FM’s Fiona Cahill that today is an important day for Clare and all of rural Ireland.