Rural households to get price assurances
Broadband providers who win contracts for rural Ireland will have to provide homes with a connection at a similar price tor urban areas.
The Department of Communications is to make it a term of any contracts with broadband suppliers that rural dwellers cannot be asked to pay substantial higher rates, no matter how remote their house is.
A spokesman told the Irish Independent: "One of the key principles of the intervention strategy is that the services to be delivered must be of similar speed, quality and price to those available in urban areas and towns.
"Prices, including connection costs for existing premises, must be aligned with national prices for such services."
The Department said that "where possible" prices will be capped at the level of the most comparable regulated prices outside of the intervention area.
"Where direct comparisons do not exist, the closest related regulated prices should be used with adjustments for relevant cost differences."
As part of the procurement process, bidders will be asked to outline their connection costs to both existing and new premises built in the intervention area over the lifetime of the contract.