Irish government pledges EUR 512 mln for rural broadband

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The Irish government has announced a EUR 512 million rural broadband initiative at Dublin’s Digital Ireland Forum. Communications minister Pat Rabbitte said the government must step in to fund the infrastructure where fibre is commercially unviable. The EUR 512 million will help every county and location in the country.

The intervention plan involves a tendering process to appoint a winning bidder to build the rural network, with the minister adding that the plan will be dynamic and subject to change, writes Silicon Republic Ireland.

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