Friday 28 April 2017

Cutback or a mistake? Either way you pay

The huge price rise is being imposed because a government subsidy designed to ensure basic broadband is available in isolated parts of the country is to be stopped
The huge price rise is being imposed because a government subsidy designed to ensure basic broadband is available in isolated parts of the country is to be stopped
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

There are two possible interpretations of the current rural broadband price hike: a cutback or a screw-up.

Of the two, the cutback theory is the kinder to the Government. It spent €80m subsidising broadband micro-networks in rural blackspots for a fixed time period. Now that that period is up, it has chosen to leave those areas to market forces, regardless of the extra cost to some 45,000 households.

The screw-up theory is less kind. This suggests that the Government simply forgot this deadline was approaching and has been caught unaware by it. In other words, it has no plan rather than a cutback plan.

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