Laois County Council told to get rid of barriers to broadband

Laois County Council told to get rid of barriers to broadband
By Conor Ganly conor.ganly@leinsterexpress.ie@laoisnews

Laois County Council will have to scrap obstacles to broad band but this could lead to a loss of revenue to the county to pay for other services.

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys met this week with local authority officals in Killkenny to push broadband rollout forward.

The Minister’s Department will be working with councils to eliminate any possible delays.

Councils make money from developments but Minister Humphreys said these were among the barriers to broadband.

“My Department is working directly with Local Authorities to remove the barriers which exist to broadband including issues relating to planning, ducting and the imposition of development contribution levies. If we do not tackle these issues now, they could delay the roll out of broadband from next year,” she said.

Laois was one of 31 local authorities to meet the meet the Minister over two days.