Connected Communities is an initiative of the Government of Ireland, in partnership with Vodafone. It is the national communications name of the Broadband Connection Points (BCP) programme enabled by National Broadband Ireland, which will connect circa. 300 centres and locations across rural Ireland to give them access to high-speed broadband services. The aim is to unlock the potential of communities across the country through best in class broadband connectivity, transforming how people all over Ireland live, work, learn and play.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the BCP and Connected Communities initiative?
Connected Communities is the national communications name for the Broadband Connection Points (or BCPs) initiative. BCPs are public locations which have been selected to receive high-speed Vodafone connectivity in the first year of the National Broadband Plan. The locations of the BCPs have been selected by the Department of Rural and Community Development and include public areas such as community halls, libraries, GAA facilities, enterprise hubs, tourist locations and other public spaces.
Where will my local BCP be?
All BCPs in the first phase of rollout are listed above. Additionally, we will be releasing a map in the coming months with regular status updates for all the remaining BCPs.
What can BCPs be used for?
Each BCP will have up to 150Mb high-speed Vodafone broadband, with indoor and outdoor WiFi access for the local community. This will enable people living in the area, visitors or tourists to go to their local BCP for any kind of personal or business use from work to study or social activity.
When will the BCPs be available in my area?
The connection date for each BCP depends on the complexity of the installation and remoteness of the location. A total of 200 BCPs will be connected by the end of 2020 and all BCPs by April 2021. Keep an eye out for your local BCP on the map.
What does this have to do with the National Broadband Plan?
The National Broadband Plan is an ambitious project spanning 96% of the country’s land mass and the roll-out will take time, this is the first phase of that plan. The Broadband Connection Point or Connected Communities initiative was borne out of recognising the urgency to connect rural communities as quickly as possible to ensure businesses, community centres, students and others can connect to high-speed broadband for things such as e-learning and digital tourism.
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