Friday 22 March 2019

O'Reilly critical of broadband

A local Sinn Féin TD has been critical of broadband provision in Fingal.

Commenting on the debacle surrounding the Government's National Broadband Plan, Sinn Féin Fingal TD Louise O'Reilly said: 'In July last year, I warned that the Government's plan for the roll out of broadband in Fingal was inadequate.

'Like many other constituencies with a mix of rural and urban areas, Dublin Fingal faces many challenges in creating jobs, retaining existing employment, and encouraging investment. Broadband is essential to meeting these challenges.

'The Government's implementation of its Broadband strategy, first announced in 2012, has been confused and inefficient. 'Last year, Eir, the state's largest telecommunications company, and Siro pulled out from the tendering process. This left the Enet consortium as the sole remaining bidder for the contract. 

'The recent news that SSE, the British utility company, has left the Enet consortium bid without explanation, raises significant concerns about the Government's ability to fulfil its commitment to provide high speed broadband to the remaining 542,000 premises across the state by 2020.'

Deputy O'Reilly said: 'It especially raises serious concerns for the almost 94,000 homes and businesses in Fingal which are still waiting for broadband, the contract for which was supposed to be awarded early last year.'

She concluded: 'Fingal future economic & Social Development depends on the development of Broadband provision.'

Fingal Independent