The Government has officially given the go ahead for the National Broadband Plan.
A preferred bidder for the contract has been appointed to roll out high speed internet access to 1.1 million people.
The Cabinet approved the plan this evening - after a meeting that went on considerably longer than expected.
The plan, which will cost in the region of €3 billion, will see high speed broadband being rolled out to every home and business in the country.
The first new homes will be connected in 2020 - but some may have to wait years to be connected.