Planning and Development (Rapid Broadband) Bill 2017 Introduced at First Stage

I was delighted to introduce my first Bill today. You can read a full copy of the Bill here.

The Planning and Development (Rapid Broadband) Bill 2017 is aimed at improving the rollout of high speed broadband services across Ireland. The overall goal of this Bill is to make it quicker and easier for providers to roll out broadband services. Ireland has a poor track record in this area in recent years, as is demonstrated by the ongoing problems with the National Broadband Plan. Continue Reading →

Elected Vice Chair of the Communications Committee

CaptureI am very pleased to be appointed to this role, particularly given the support from colleagues from different parties and independents. During my time on the Committee we have held to account various bodies and debated some very important issues such as media ownership, climate change, and items we affect everyday life such as the price of stamps with the then incoming Chair of An Post.

One issue which is of tremendous importance is broadband. Both at a national level and locally in our homes in Kildare North. Continue Reading →

Kildare Broadband Users Need Fast Broadband Now, Minister Must Act

ICTDespite the recent publication of the Report of the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce, communities in Kildare will still have to wait until 2023 at the earliest to access high quality broadband services. This is simply not good enough from the Government. Continue Reading →

Broadband Coverage Increased in North West Kildare

Map of new broadband coverage in North West Kildare

Map of new broadband coverage in North West Kildare

I am delighted to unveil the coverage map of areas which will receive fibre speed broadband where previously there has been slow or inconsistent broadband coverage. Working with Imagine, we have brought the service to the north west of the county following meetings with residents and hearing their concerns around the lack of coverage in the area.

As a member of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources, and someone who is passionate about improving our broadband services I am delighted to be able to let residents know of the service rollout which is live and taking applications now. A huge issue when I met with residents in the area was the lack of coverage in places like Newtown, Johnstownbridge, Carbury, Broadford, and Timahoe. All these areas will now have access to fibre speed broadband. As people can see from the coverage map there is now comprehensive coverage across north west Kildare.

It has been said time and again how important broadband is for the local community in terms of education and business. It is a credit to Imagine for working with me and appreciating the concern and demand from residents in the area.

Imagine Bring High-Speed Broadband to Rural Kildare

With Brian O'Donoghue, Managing Director of Imagine.

With Brian O’Donoghue, Managing Director of Imagine.

I’ve been in continuous contact with various providers looking at ways to roll out broadband to rural parts of Kildare. Once such provider I’ve been working with is Imagine. They recently announced that high speed broadband will be rolled out in rural parts of Ireland. This week I was delighted to announce with Brian O’Donoghue, Managing Director of Imagine, the first role out of this soon to be nationwide service will begin in the Naas area. This is the cumulative efforts of hard work over many months which will bring high speed internet to many in Kildare North. High speed internet is a necessity for businesses, education, and social output. Of the entire country, I am happy to announce they have chosen the Naas area as the first place to launch this new service.

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