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National Broadband Plan "hanging on by a thread" due to Fianna Fáil & Fine Gael actions - Brian Stanley TD

28 July, 2018 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin Communications Spokesperson Brian Stanley TD has said that the current crisis facing the rollout of the rural broadband scheme is due to Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael's actions in telecommunications.

The comments come as SSE have pulled out of a bid for the National Broadband Plan.

Teachta Stanley said;

"The tender process for rolling out a national broadband plan across Ireland is hanging on a thread.

"This is a direct result of Fianna Fáil privatising the State telecommunications network during the 1990's.

"The current Fine Gael led Government is failing to help by allowing Eir to cherrypick the easiest 300,000 out of the 870,000 households to be covered by the national broadband plan.

"The tendering process is a logistical and financial mess. The taxpayer is now going to be faced with picking up the tab on another Government mistake.

"The programme for government promised to deliver broadband to every home across Ireland by 2020, but as we can clearly see this will be another election promise broken by Fine Gael.

"The government must to go back to the drawing board on this one and find an alternative, effective plan on ensuring everybody has access to broadband across Ireland."

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