THE NORTHERN IRELAND BROADBAND IMPROVEMENT PROJECT (NIBIP)
The DETI Telecoms Action Plan 2011-15 proposed that it would ‘ensure the continuing provision of access to a broadband service in Northern Ireland, regardless of where you live or do business’. The UK Government’s has proposed that virtually all premises across Northern Ireland should be able to access a broadband service with a speed of at least 2 Megabits per second (Mbps) by 2015 and to provide superfast broadband to at least 90% of premises with speeds in excess of 24 Mbps. A total public sector subsidy of £19.3m is currently available.
The following table sets out the specific breakdown and any applicable profiling of the public sector subsidy.
Note 1: ERDF match of DETI funding
Note 2: ERDF match of Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) funding
Following an initial public consultation in October 2012 a second consultation document was prepared which further refined the identified need, the potential intervention areas for 2 Mbps and 24 Mbps services, the regulatory background and how the proposed intervention would be delivered. DETI informed a wide range of stakeholders of this further consultation
A response to this consultation can be found here.