Government has lost its way on National Broadband Plan – Brian Stanley TD
Sinn Féin Communications spokesperson Brian Stanley TD has said that the review of the National Broadband Plan should be more extensive to cover the whole tender process, with only one bidder left in the tender and all the major telecoms companies leaving the process.
Deputy Stanley said:
“This Government is completely ideologically wedded to a privatised model for the National Broadband Plan. The tender process has been flawed from the beginning.
“The Government is giving a blank cheque to private venture capitalist, reliant on a single bidder in the process and further reliant on striking a deal using Eir’s infrastructure.
“The commitment to deliver high-speed broadband to every home and business by 2020 clearly will never happen while Fine Gael remain in Government.
“Six years after the National Broadband Plan was first announced we still do not have a date for commencement.
“There is State infrastructure going to every home through electricity infrastructure, and other fibre infrastructure in State hands that can be used. Sinn Féin called for its use as far back as 2012.
“People in rural Ireland want and need high-speed broadband. Under this Fine Gael led Government, they will continue to wait for many years to come.”