“Once you have connectivity, there are really no boundaries": How the NBP will transform rural Ireland

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As communications technology continues to evolve at such a blistering pace, too often rural areas are left underserved by commercial operators due to the cost of deployment, leaving them trapped by the digital divide and unable to enjoy the same prospects as their urban neighbours. Ireland's National Broadband Plan (NBP), however, is looking to buck this trend. Last week saw the first premises in Ireland receive fibre connectivity as part of the NBP, a project that is aiming to connect over 1.1 million people across around 544,000 homes, business, farms and schools.   Speaking to Total Telecom, National Broadband Ireland's CEO Peter Hendrick said that connectivity was becoming a crucial utility…

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