Rural Tipperary to benefit from National Broadband Scheme.

50 areas in rural Tipperary are to be covered through the National Broadband Scheme according to Deputy Tom Hayes.

The local Fine Gael T.D. has confirmed that those areas of Tipperary not covered through commercial broadband providers, will be covered through the national broadband scheme.

This will enable homes and businesses receive broadband services with speeds of 30 Mbps.

The department is currently undergoing the technical, financial and legal preparations this year with a view to launch the procurement process in 2014.

People can check what providers are operating in their area through ComReg's website at –  those who are not covered by such commercial providers will be covered by the National Broadband Scheme.