Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has called for high broadband pricing in Ireland to be tackled.
Speaking following the publishing of data released by the European Commission which showed that Irish consumers pay one of the highest rates in Europe for broadband access, Deputy Colreavy said:
“Broadband is an issue that continues to plague Irish households. Up until very recently Ireland had the worst access to high-speed broadband in the EU, and today’s information shows that Irish consumers pay one of highest prices in Europe for broadband access.
“The data reveals that the lowest offer available for broadband connection in Ireland is €31.40 per month, just behind Spain and Cyprus. This is compared to a country such as Lithuania where broadband can be accessed for €10.30 per month.
“Today’s data also identifies that households are not receiving the broadband speeds that were advertised when they signed up for their broadband package. In fact download speeds can be 64% of what was advertised. It is the duty of ComReg to ensure that any speeds that are advertised to Irish consumers are delivered.
“Ireland’s poor legacy of broadband access stems from the privatisation of Telecom Éireann in the late 1990s. It is clear that a country such as Ireland needs government investment driving growth and the development of infrastructure.
“The current government needs to take note of the lessons of broadband infrastructure before embarking further on their privatisation agenda.”