Broadband Plan a "series of failures" and still no date to begin - Brian Stanley TD
Sinn Féin Communications spokesperson Brian Stanley TD, said the National Broadband Plan has been a succession of delays, promises and inaction, with still not a shovel in the ground, or even a date when the first home will be connected
Speaking in the Dáil this evening, the Laois/Offaly TD said:
“The procurement for the National Broadband Plan has been a series of failures, and 542,000 homes and businesses across this State are still waiting for reliable high-speed broadband.
"If this procurement process now fails, this government have not put forward a Plan B.
“In 2012 Sinn Féin proposed the use of infrastructure already in place and in State hands for the NBP and this the electricity infrastructure which is going to virtually every home in the State. It is already being used to carry fibre.
“The backbone of saving and growing rural Ireland will be the future high-speed broadband network which is long promised.
"When this Government took power in 2016 they committed to connecting every home by 2020.
"But we don’t know if it will even begin in 2020. This Government need to realise the vital need for broadband and for this to start.”