Tag Archives: Broadband

The Benefits as well as the Costs of the National Broadband Plan

There are significant benefits associated with the planned rollout of the National Broadband Plan (NBP), though the recent media coverage seemed to focus largely on the costs. A review of newspaper headlines over the period following the announcement of the … Continue reading

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Measuring Rural Poverty – It’s Complicated!

The CSO released the latest data on Income and Living Conditions last December, see here. The headline figures indicate a rise in incomes – increasing by 4.7% between 2016 and 2017, which in turn was higher than the figures five … Continue reading

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A year in review: WDC Policy Analysis 2018

Happy New Year from the WDC Policy Analysis team!  As we all try to settle back into work and look forward to 2019 (well as much as anyone can with Brexit looming large on the horizon) it’s a good chance … Continue reading

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Small and Medium Sized Business in Ireland: What are the issues?

Earlier this year the WDC made a submission to the Seanad Public Consultation Committee. They are currently investigating the issue of Small and Medium Sized Businesses in Ireland.  Last Tuesday we were among 15 individuals and organisations invited to address … Continue reading

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Is e-Working on the Increase?

There has been much talk recently of an increase in e-working but does the evidence support the idea that it is more prevalent? Technology development and in particular high speed broadband enables much office based work to be conducted remotely … Continue reading

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Issues for the Western Region’s SMEs

The WDC recently made a submission to the Seanad Public Consultation Committee on the important topic of Small and Medium Sized Businesses in Ireland. In our submission we highlighted that the Western Region is a predominantly rural region with 65% … Continue reading

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Broadband benefits – but when?

Recent statistics show that Ireland will not meet the EU 2020 targets for the universal availability of fast broadband[1]. Like other EU states, in Ireland there are particular challenges delivering fast broadband to rural areas and this is not helped … Continue reading

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