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​​The term 'broadband' refers to internet access.  Broadband connectivity is of great importance for growth, innovation, social cohesion and is fast becoming a necessity of everyday life in Ireland.

Delivery of high speed broadband to all parts of Ireland is our priority. The National Broadband Plan (NBP) is our framework for the provision of high speed broadband through a combination of commercial and State investment. The Plan follows previous initiatives such as the National Broadband Scheme, which provided basic broadband services in areas that could not be commercially served, and the Metropolitan Area Networks (MANS) which provide fibre based connectivity in over 90 towns across Ireland.