The National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to deliver reliable high speed broadband throughout Ireland through a combination of State and commercial investment. As part of the NBP we are designing a State Intervention aimed at connecting all our communities. This is because commercial operators have made it clear that there are large parts of the country that they cannot make high speed broadband services available commercially.
In accordance with national and European legislation, the department screened the draft intervention strategy for the requirement to conduct a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), and subsequently determined that a full SEA would be required. Further information on this screening process is available on the NBP Environmental Assessments Page.
The following stage in the SEA process is consultation with certain statutory bodies on the SEA scoping report. In addition to the statutory consultation, wider non-statutory public consultation to encourage further participation by stakeholders and the public was also undertaken in parallel. The public consultation closed at 5pm on Friday May 20th 2016, and six responses were received.
Responses to this consultation were subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 and Access to Information on the Environment Regulations 2007-2014. Confidential or commercially sensitive information should have been clearly identified in your submission, however parties should also note that any or all responses to the consultation were subject in their entirety to the provisions of the FOI Acts and may be published on the website of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.