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Colreavy launches bill to address broadband coverage issues

2 April, 2015 - by Michael Colreavy TD

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin TD and Spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, has launched the Communications Regulation (Amendment) Bill 2015 which allows the public to engage on the issue of broadband coverage.

Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Colreavy said:

“Sinn Féin representatives from around the country have made representations to the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources as part of the broadband mapping programme initiated last year.”

“Public consultation is essential in determining what areas are most in need of government intervention.”

“The Minister should strongly consider a means of developing a forum where he can receive communication from the public on the level of their broadband access.”

“Therefore, today we have published this piece of legislation which will mandate the Communications Regulator to open a mechanism whereby complaints can be received constantly.”

“A summary of these complaints will be given to the Minister every quarter. These complaints will also be used to direct future policy.”

“It is essential that areas that have the poorest level of broadband coverage receive priority in the roll out of high speed broadband throughout the country.”

“The purpose of today’s bill is that with a quarterly report of where problems in the electronic telecommunication system lie, the Minister will be able to accurately identify areas that are in need of priority action for investment under that national broadband plan.”

“This legislation would also go some way in helping the broadband map that is currently being developed by the department.”

“It is clear that many areas, especially rural areas, are in need of investment of telecommunication infrastructure.”  

“Today’s bill is an inexpensive programme that would save the Department hiring consultants to carry out work identifying where problems in the system lie.”

“A steady stream of communications from users of telecommunications themselves will save the Department hiring consultants to carry out such work for them.”

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