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National Broadband Plan - SEA Scoping Report

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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 M​ay 20th 2016, and six reponses were received.

Consultation Documents



Consultation Submissions



Submission from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht11/09/2016 23:00:00pdf305015
Submission from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine 11/09/2016 23:00:00pdf552442
Submission from the Environmental Protection Agency from the Environmental Protection Agency11/09/2016 23:00:00pdf276531
Submission from Inland Fisheries Ireland Fisheries Ireland.pdfSubmission from Inland Fisheries Ireland11/09/2016 23:00:00pdf437562
Submission from Ireland Offline Offline.pdfSubmission from Ireland Offline11/09/2016 23:00:00pdf322860
Submission from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency Ireland Environment Agency.pdfSubmission from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency11/09/2016 23:00:00pdf644395