REVEALED: Kilkenny to get €68m to deliver broadband into every home, business and farm in county
KILKENNY will receive €68 million in Government funding to deliver high-speed broadband to every home, business and farm in the country.
The National Broadband Plan announced by the Government is the single largest investment in rural Ireland since rural electrification.
The Government has come under fire over the final bill of the rural broadband plan to the taxpayer, which is estimated will cost at least €3 billion over the next 25 years.
However, Communications Minister Richard Burton said the investment is vital to ensure rural Ireland is not left behind.
“This investment will have a transformative effect on rural Ireland, future-proofing communities for generations to come,” Minister Bruton said.
“Digital technology is revolutionising how we live, learn and work and we want to make sure rural Ireland is not left behind.”
Some €68 million has been earmarked to deliver high-speed broadband to rural parts of Kilkenny – the 13th largest allocation of all counties.
Neighbouring Carlow will receive €29 million under the plan, Waterford will get €63 million, Wexford will receive €81 million, while €120 million has been allocated for Tipperary.