The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Michael Colreavy TD, has welcomed the announcement by Minister Rabbitte regarding the use of the ESB network to enhance the provision of high speed broadband. New legislation will allow the ESB to engage in the electronic communications sector.
Deputy Colreavy said:
“I very much welcome the Minister’s announcement and hope that it will expedite the provision of high speed broad band in parts of the state where there is a marked deficiency in service. I would also hope that the Minister’s sticks to his commitment to state-led investment in projects, such as broadband provision, where the private sector has been unwilling to engage.
“I would also hope of course that unlike the situation we now have with Bord Gáis Energy that the ESB network and retail distribution is retained in public ownership”.