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State must retain ownership of Broadband Infrastructure – Stanley

4 July, 2016 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, energy and Natural Resources Brian Stanley TD has called on the Government to take a long-sighted approach to its National Broadband Plan and retain ownership of national broadband infrastructure.

Deputy Stanley said:

“I am appealing to the Minister for Communications to ensure that the infrastructure used in the roll-out of the National Broadband Plan is held in State Ownership.

“The roll-out of fibre broadband to all parts of Ireland is possibly the most significant infrastructural investment of our generation with the potential to reinvigorate many deprived parts of the Island.

“The potential return to the State of delivering high speed broadband to all regions and rural areas is huge, and would certainly cover the cost compared to relying on private industry.

“We have already seen how the Metropolitan Area Networks developed across the country are today worth up to 20 times what they were and are a core piece of infrastructure for IDA industry development outside of Dublin.

“We have also seen time and again how a privatisation-for-profit model has led to poor service provision in rural areas which are less likely to provide an immediate profit for companies.

“Adoption of the gap-funding model will once again result in the state giving away a priceless asset.

“I am urging Minister Naughten to adopt the public ownership model for broadband infrastructure to provide the maximum long term benefit for the people of Ireland.” 

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