Broadband plan ‘latest item in Fine Gael electoral auction’ – Stanley
Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Communications Brain Stanley has said that the announcement today that the Government is due to sign off on a €3 billion National Broadband Plan, despite their own officials warning that this does not represent value for money, is the latest example of Fine Gael’s auction politics.
The Laois TD said:
“Reports today that the Government is due to sign off on a €3 billion National Broadband Plan simply beggars belief. The Government has never considered alternative methods with appropriate seriousness. They simply sought to plough on with their one privatised model, deaf to all concerns and suggestions. We in Sinn Féin have been advocating a network based on the existing ESB infrastructure that goes to every home in the country and the Government didn’t even want to discuss it.
“Just like their playacting over the Local Property Tax in their local election manifesto where they pledge to lower the tax on the family home that they themselves implemented, this bung to the private sector to run a network that the taxpayer will bankroll is the wrong decision, taken after a bad tendering process that ended with no competitive element, and will not give the state the value for money and high quality network that rural Ireland deserves.”