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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.

Following these consultations, the proposed intervention area for basic broadband services can be found here and for superfast services can be found here.

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