Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, has said that that the government must ensure that the highest standard of broadband connection must be available throughout the country.
Speaking on the issue Deputy Colreavy said:
“Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, today announced that he will be seeking tenders for experts to assist in bringing high speed broadband to many parts of the country.
“Investment in the broadband is essential if the government hopes to create job growth. The current lack of high speed broadband is seriously hampering economic stimulus in Ireland. A recent report by the EU highlighted that Ireland has the lowest level of access to high speed broadband of all European member states.
“Government policy should recognise the ever increasing bandwidth requirements and the long term value of investment in fibre network infrastructure. Under the government’s National Broadband Plan, the government hopes to bring 30Mbps broadband to all parts of Ireland. However, if we look at Finland we can see that their government strategy aims to have universal access to fibre networks which allow broadband speeds of 100Mbps.
“In Australia, 93% of homes and businesses have access to fibre networks capable of delivering speeds of up to one gigabit per second (1,024Mbps).
“To stimulate growth in the economy, especially in the IT industry, the government must plan for future demands of Irish broadband users and ensure that the highest levels of broadband speeds are available to all.” ENDS