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Chance to win €250k broadband investment

Rural communities have a chance to win a €250,000 investment in broadband services, which could bring huge advantages to businesses outside of urban areas.

Eircom wants communities to make their case for why they should be the next to avail of their fibre broadband system.

The scheme could be pivotal for businesses in provincial areas, said AJ Noonan of the Small Firms Association.

"It is crucial for small business up and down the country to have the necessary infrastructure in place to enable them to grow and develop their business.


"Businesses in rural Ireland that currently have no access to high-speed broadband and which are relying on the national broadband plan have a super chance with this competition to put their town on the map as the next Eircom trial site," he said.

Eircom has already successfully trialled "Fibre to the Home" in the village of Balcarra in Co Mayo.

Carolan Lennon, managing director of wholesale at Eircom, said the company was already making major strides in bringing high-speed broadband nationwide and this was the next step before a major roll-out.

"Today, 1.2 million homes and businesses can access speeds of up to 100mb/s.

"By next year we will reach 1.6 million and then 1.9 million by 2020," she said.

The competition runs until September 15. Entry details are available online at www.fibrerollout.ie.