Adams critical of Broadband provision for Louth
Commenting on the debacle surrounding the government’s National Broadband Plan, Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams said:
“In July last year, I warned that the government’s plan for the roll out of Broadband in County Louth was inadequate.
“Like many other constituencies with a mix of rural and urban areas, Louth faces many challenges in creating jobs, retaining existing employment, and encouraging investment. Broadband is essential to meeting these challenges.
“The government’s implementation of its Broadband strategy, first announced in 2012, has been confused and inefficient. Last year, Eir, the state’s largest telecommunications company, and Siro pulled out from the tendering process. This left the Enet consortium as the sole remaining bidder for the contract. The weekend news that SSE, the British utility company, has left the Enet consortium bid without explanation, raises significant concerns about the government’s ability to fulfil its commitment to provide high speed broadband to the remaining 542,000 premises across the state by 2020.
“It especially raises serious concerns for the almost 10,000 homes and businesses in Louth which are still waiting for broadband, the contract for which was supposed to be awarded early last year.
“The decision by the Irish Infrastructure Fund (IIF) to join the Enet consortium, as a replacement for SSE, brings no relief. There are real worries that it does not have the expertise and experience of previous bidders. There is also the additional worry now that the tax-payer could be left with a huge bill at the end of this process.”