Digital Dublin Masterplan launched

Wednesday 19 June 2013 18.27
Intel's Martin Curley speaks at the launch of the Dublin Digital Masterplan
Intel's Martin Curley speaks at the launch of the Dublin Digital Masterplan

A new plan to prepare Dublin for the digital future will see fibre powered broadband available to every house in the city by Easter 2016.

The Digital Dublin Masterplan also proposes the setting up of a specialist team within the city council that will drive delivery of the plan.

It was launched by European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes.

A Business Accelerator Team will also be established within the council to coordinate innovation initiatives and support start-up technology businesses.

The plan includes a proposal to deliver a minimum 100Mb symmetrical fibre broadband service to every home in the Dublin region by 2016.

It envisages residents paying half the cost, with the State paying the other half.

The State investment would be delivered by a tax credit set against the property tax and would cost €117m over three years with the cost split between local and central government.

The plan was devised by a leadership forum that brought together key individuals and organisations from business, academia, civil society and citizens, and is the culmination of a year of collaboration and events.

It is designed to be a roadmap that will help shape the city's digital future and is intended to provide a guide for the city to adapt, create and adopt new technology.

A Digital Accelerator District will also be established to facilitate research and collaboration and those businesses located in the district would be able to avail of rates discounts of up to 100% over three years.

Another main action in the plan is the support and expansion of the online presence and use of digital systems by Dublin-based businesses.

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