Rural Broadband Scheme

The Rural Broadband Scheme has been launched by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. This Scheme, which is an EU funded measure under the Rural Development Programme in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, is designed to make a basic broadband service available to premises in rural locations which are not served by existing internet service providers.

If you are looking for a broadband service, you should first check the names of the internet service providers operating in your county on the Callcosts website – and approach these to obtain a service.  

You can also check if you are living in an area covered by the National Broadband Scheme (NBS) on the NBS website, If you live in an NBS area, then you are guaranteed to be offered a service by 3, the NBS internet service provider.

The Rural Broadband Scheme is intended for people who live outside of the areas covered by the NBS and who are unable to obtain a broadband service from providers operating in their area. The following cities and towns are excluded from the RBS: Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford, Dundalk, Sligo, Letterkenny, Athlone, Tullamore, Mullingar, Cavan, Ennis, Kilkenny, Mallow, Monaghan, Tuam, Wexford, Ballina, Castlebar, Tralee and Killarney.

Details of the Scheme can be found by visiting the website of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources , and follow the links for the Rural Broadband Scheme, where you can apply quickly and easily online. You can also apply by post using the application form on the website or by phone, call the RBS on 1850 NNN NNN. The Scheme is open for applications until 29 July 2011.

Mon, 13 Jun 2011 00:00:00 BST