16th February 2015
February 13, 2015- Stephen Donnelly, Independent TD for Wicklow and East Carlow and Jennifer Whitmore, Independent Councillor for Greystones District want Wicklow to lead the way in high speed broadband connectivity. This comes on the back of a submission to the National Broadband Plan by the Wired Wicklow Team, which Donnelly and Whitmore founded with local tech experts.
They have met with a number of industry leaders in the build-up to the roll-out of the National Broadband Plan. They are working to ensure that education and business are prioritised when the new network is rolled out.
Donnelly stated: “I am working to ensure that when the National Broadband Plan is enacted in the best possible way for the people of Wicklow. We are currently focused on measuring the provision of broadband for national schools across the county. It is vital to ensure that primary schools are prioritised.
“Another priority area is the business community and todays submission by Wired Wicklow also calls for prioritisation of business parks in the county.”
Whitmore stated: “The Wired Wicklow team is engaged in a highly ambitious project to measure existing connectivity. This has never been done before in Ireland.”
“By the end of 2017, Wicklow will be one of the most measured counties in Europe. Using this data we can ensure that those businesses and educational establishments which are most in need of quality connection will have it.”
To have a read of our submission, click here: 20150212 Wicklow submission on broadband provision – Final