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Further delays on rural broadband ‘unacceptable’ – Stanley

4 July, 2017 - by Brian Stanley TD

After the announcement of a further delay in the National Broadband Plan, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Communications Brian Stanley TD said that this means hundreds of thousands of people will wait years longer for a basic service.

The TD for Laois/ South Kildare stated:

“The announcement that the rollout of the National Broadband Plan to 542,000 homes is being delayed again to 2019 means also economic progress in rural Ireland is being pushed back yet further.

“There have now been many commitments from previous governments on the national broadband plan which have all come to nothing. It was first promised in 2012 and this Government has said in its Programme for Government that they will ‘bring next generation broadband to every house and business in the country by 2020’. This clearly will not happen now.

“Minister Denis Naughten declared in April the rollout out of broadband by Eir to 300,000 homes which was done completely on a commercial basis. I expressed my concern on the remaining 540,000 homes. With this latest news, people are still in the dark. With delay after delay, people in rural Ireland must question are their concerns listened to and will they ever receive broadband access which is a basic amenity in urban parts of the country.” 

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