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Department for the Economy: Broadband Accessibility - Public Consultation

11 December 2018


The Department for the Economy (DfE) has launched a public consultation exercise relating to broadband accessibility, to help prioritise the deployment of up to £200m of available project funding.

DfE has identified that approximately 100,000 premises in Northern Ireland (residential and commercial) are unable to access broadband speeds of at least 30Mbps, and the current consultation has been launched to ensure that this is accurate. To facilitate this, DfE will provide three postcode lists based on the premises that it believes have different levels of broadband connectivity.

Purpose of the Consultation: How Can I Respond?

Residents and businesses are invited to review the postcode lists and, if they feel that their premises are incorrectly listed, to get in touch with the Department to enable amendments to be made. Contact details are listed below.

Within Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough, copies of the postcode lists will be locally available for inspection at the following venues:

  • Mossley Mill, Carnmoney Road North, Newtownabbey, BT36 5QA;
  • Antrim Civic Centre, 50 Stiles Way, Antrim, BT41 2UB;
  • Valley Leisure Centre, 40 Church Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 7LJ;
  • Antrim Forum, 20 Lough Road, Antrim, BT41 4DQ;
  • Sixmile Leisure Centre, Ballynure Road, Ballyclare, BT39 9YU;
  • Crumlin Leisure Centre, 2 Main Street, Crumlin, BT29 4UP;
  • TIDAL Community Group offices, 55 Main Street, Toomebridge, BT41 3TF;
  • Arches office, Arches Lane, Main Street, Randalstown, BT41 3AB;
  • The Templeton Hotel, 882 Antrim Road, Templepatrick, BT39 0AH.



Please send your responses no later than 12 noon on 14 January 2019 to:

Telecoms Branch

Department for the Economy


Massey Avenue




E. [email protected]  

You can also leave a telephone message on 028 9052 9352.

For further information, please visit the DFE website: https://www.economy-ni.gov.uk/project-stratum