Irish broadband internet speeds will be capped by 2018
In a bid to bring the Irish internet to the masses, the Irish government has decided to limit speeds to 300 megabits per second.
The plan is part of a larger effort by the government to bring down the cost of internet, which is currently more than €100 per month for a broadband connection.
It is aimed at providing access to a more affordable and faster internet service.
The announcement follows the European Commission’s announcement last month that the country’s internet providers were now obliged to provide a minimum speed of 100 megabit per second for residential customers.
The move is part the wider EU initiative to introduce a cap on internet speeds in all member states, and it comes just months after the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on the European Union to “cap” the cost and quality of the internet.
“In recent years we have seen the cost to our economy, to our citizens, to the economy and the quality of our education skyrocket, and we are now at a critical juncture,” Irish Communications Minister James Reilly told The Irish Daily Times on Tuesday.
“I believe it is time that we move forward and limit the speed that people are getting.
This is not just for us, this is for everyone.”
Internet service providers have already been ordered to provide the minimum speed to all internet users, and that will be enforced by the end of the year.
The government has already committed to a cap of €20 per month, which will cover the cost for broadband service.
However, the cost could increase if the internet speed is not capped by that time.
The current minimum speeds are in the region of 500 megabittps.
The proposed limit would be the second in recent months, after the EU Commission announced a cap in April that would cover an estimated €400 million in the next five years.
The new cap would be a major step forward in the fight against rising internet costs in Ireland, as the cost is increasing faster than any other country in the EU.
A spokesman for the Irish telecoms regulator said the new policy would ensure that people with limited incomes have access to the best service available.
“The proposed cap is consistent with the European cap of 50 gigabits a second, and will apply to all broadband connections provided by providers in the State,” the spokesman said.
In line with this policy, the proposed cap will apply in the period from January 1, 2020, to January 1 of the following year.”