THE omission of thousands of households, schools and businesses from the initial Open Eir rollout of 100mbs fibre high-speed broadband has been criticised in Kerry.
Cllr Michael Cahill highlighted the matter at a meeting of the South and West Kerry Municipal District and he described the omission as “bizarre and madness”.
He said he had been contacted by families and businesses from all parts of Kerry who have been left out of the initial rollout.
“It beggars belief why families living next door to households included in the rollout were omitted from the scheme. One would have thought that it would be easier to include everyone in the initial programme,” he said.
Cllr Cahill called on Eir, the government and Communications Minister, Denis Naughten, to extend the coverage and to give special attention for those located at the end of cul-de-sacs. He said since he first raised the matter, an additional 6,000 properties in Kerry have been submitted for possible inclusion in the scheme.
Kerry County Council officials said Eir has committed to delivering high speed broadband to 25,000 rural premises in Kerry by the end of 2018 on a fully commercial basis. The work involves the installation of fibre cables on mostly existing telecoms infrastructure.
The matte is ultimately a commercial decision by eir who will decide on the number and location of these additional properties which will be served.
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