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Broadband market in 'chaos' - Brian Stanley TD

13 June, 2018 - by Brian Stanley TD

The representatives of ten communications suppliers were before an Oireachtas Committee this week and highlighted a plethora of problems in this so called regulated market.

On top of this, the disarray in the roll out of the National Broadband Plan all points to a market in chaos said Brian Stanley TD Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Communications.

Brian Stanley TD said:

“At the Oireachtas Committee meeting this week we were told that the regulator ComReg is ‘paralysed’ because of fear of legal action.

“The regulator does not have enough staff or powers in the first instance and the lack of regulation of the wholesale market is clear and resulting in expensive connection costs compared to other States.

“The cost to connect to Eir’s infrastructure for suppliers is more than double that of Britain, and four times that of Spain. It is one of the highest wholesale broadband connection prices in Europe.

“The Communications market has been completely privatised. Competition is much flaunted as benefiting the householder but clearly this is not working with only one bidder left in the tender for the National Broadband Plan to connect 540,000 homes.

“The market is so beset with problems, that suppliers are actually asking the state to now get involved and regulate the market more. But government continue to step back and take no interest in creating an effective modern communications network.

“Greater State involvement is vitally needed in this industry so that householders get a quality service at a reasonable price.

“We need to properly regulate the market, as is done in gas and electricity supply.

“Alongside this we need greater state involvement in the National Broadband Plan, using what State infrastructure is already in place and not to farm this out to private industry which has not, overall, serviced the people well in telecommunications in this State since the privatisation of the market.”

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