Rollout of broadband in Kerry hindered by 1km rule

12 Mar

The rollout of broadband to rural areas in Kerry is being hindered by the council’s 1km mast rule, according to the County Manager. The rule means telecommunications masts can’t be erected within 1km of houses, schools, and residential buildings. Eleven new masts need to be erected throughout Kerry as part of the rollout of the National Broadband Scheme. It aims to bring high-speed internet to all rural areas by September 2010, and is being run by 3 Ireland, who won the government contract.

County Manager Tom Curran says the scheme will be delayed in Kerry as a result of the 1km rule, because the council will have to turn down planning permission for masts, which will then have to be appealed to An Bord Pleanala. Mr Curran says this will mean Kerry will be one of the last counties to rollout broadband to rural areas, and this will prohibit the development of the county.

Its time for the councilors or who set this ridiculous rule to remove it – be warned local election candidates calling to my door!

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