Wicklow County Council is committed to, and supports the NBP and the build-out of all essential telecommunications infrastructure. Once the procurement process is complete for the NBP, the Council will work with the NBP contractor to plan for the delivery of high speed broadband in County Wicklow. The council is also working with telecommunication operators with their infrastructural investment.
In Co. Wicklow, State intervention is required for over 14,000 premises (22% of total premises) and a further 4,123 premises will be provided with broadband services by the end of 2018 through the eir Commitment Agreement (see eir 300k Roll-out) with DCCAE.
To assist the national roll-out of the NBP local Authorities have been requested by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs to appoint a Broadband Development Officer for their respective areas. Wicklow’s Broadband Development Officer has two major areas for action:
(1) To facilitate the successful roll-out of the National Broadband Plan in their respective Counties by acting as a single point of contact for the successful NBP contractor(s) and telecommunications companies generally.
(2) To develop and implement a Digital Strategy to encourage take up of high speed connectivity amongst all sectors of the population, including the creation of awareness of and the stimulation of demand for broadband services.
Wicklow’s Broadband Development Officer will work as part of a team within a wider response by the Council in supporting and developing this key piece of infrastructure, for both economic and community development in the County.
News on the NBP (e.g. regarding road closures, NBP build-out in your local area, Broadband preparation work at home, other advice, etc.) and Wicklow’s Digital Strategy will be updated regularly to the Wicklow.ie website and Wicklow Co. Co. Social media platforms.