National Broadband Plan to be completed ahead of schedule and 'under budget'

National Broadband Plan to be completed ahead of schedule and 'under budget'

Work on the National Broadband Plan will see some homes connected before the end of the year.

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Irish Examiner View: Broadband a hostage to fortune

Irish Examiner View: Broadband a hostage to fortune

Even if the video-conferencing app Zoom is under scrutiny by New York’s attorney general for its data privacy and security practices it has made a valuable contribution to allowing millions of people work from home during this crisis.

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Brendan Howlin calls for 'seriously dodgy' National Broadband Plan to be scrapped

Brendan Howlin calls for 'seriously dodgy' National Broadband Plan to be scrapped

The National Broadband Plan is “seriously dodgy” and should be scrapped before billions of euro are wasted, according to Labour leader Brendan Howlin.

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Here are the first 35 areas to get high-speed broadband

Here are the first 35 areas to get high-speed broadband

The first 35 areas to get high-speed internet under the National Broadband Plan have been revealed.

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National Broadband Plan: Government warned of risk to exchequer

National Broadband Plan: Government warned of risk to exchequer

“A national solution to a national problem.” That is how the Taoiseach describes the National Broadband Plan (NBP).

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Broadband launch turned into nakedly political by-election stunt, Micheál Martin says

Broadband launch turned into nakedly political by-election stunt, Micheál Martin says

The Fianna Fáil leader said the event represented a serious blurring of the line between official government business and political campaigning.

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€3bn rural broadband plan could face legal challenge

€3bn rural broadband plan could face legal challenge

A €3bn rural broadband plan to “end the digital divide” has been agreed but faces the prospect of a legal challenge.

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Public led down the garden path on Broadband plan - parties react to Govt signing 'bad deal'

Public led down the garden path on Broadband plan - parties react to Govt signing 'bad deal'

The Government has been hammered for leading the public "down the garden path" in signing the National Broadband Plan.

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'A national solution for a national problem' - Taoiseach launches €3bn Broadband Plan

'A national solution for a national problem' - Taoiseach launches €3bn Broadband Plan

Every home and farm would benefit, he told community leaders, business people and other politicians at the launch.

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'Historic day for Ireland': Government sign contract for National Broadband Plan

'Historic day for Ireland': Government sign contract for National Broadband Plan

Cabinet Ministers met from early this morning to sign off on the National Broadband Plan contract.

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Hub details unveiled as broadband plan gets approval

Hub details unveiled as broadband plan gets approval

The details of 300 broadband hubs are to be announced when the Government finally signs off on the National Broadband Plan today.

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Cabinet to meet early to sign off on €3bn broadband plan

Cabinet to meet early to sign off on €3bn broadband plan

The Government is set to sign off on the €3bn National Broadband Plan contract at its weekly meeting tomorrow.

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The European Commission has officially approved Ireland’s controversial National Broadband Plan

The European Commission has officially approved Ireland’s controversial National Broadband Plan

The European Commission has officially approved Ireland’s controversial National Broadband Plan (NBP) under EU state aid rules, at a value of €2.6 billion.

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European Commission approve €2.6bn state aid for broadband plan

European Commission approve €2.6bn state aid for broadband plan

The commission announced that in its opinion the potential benefits to competition in the Irish broadband sector outweigh the negatives represented by the intervention of the State.

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Red flag warnings raised over Irish broadband

Red flag warnings raised over Irish broadband

The President of Microsoft Brad Smith was critical of broadband availability in Ireland while speaking at a conference last week.

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Why is Northern Ireland broadband scheme costing half that of scheme here, ask FF

Why is Northern Ireland broadband scheme costing half that of scheme here, ask FF

Fianna Fáil has called on the Minister for Communications to explain why Northern Ireland's broadband scheme could cost half the price of the National Broadband plan in the south.

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Virgin Media rules out expanding broadband rollout to more areas of east Cork

Virgin Media rules out expanding broadband rollout to more areas of east Cork

Virgin Media, which is starting work on bringing broadband to nearly 3,500 homes and businesses in Midleton, has ruled out extending the service to other parts of east Cork.

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Minister to consider findings of scathing broadband report

Minister to consider findings of scathing broadband report

Richard Bruton said the tender process was subject to a rigorous process which started in 2015.

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Northern Ireland in the running for rural 5G trials

Northern Ireland in the running for rural 5G trials

Northern Ireland's "thriving" tech sector can bid for innovative rural 5G technology opportunities, the British Government has said.

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FF will not 'bring down the Government' over broadband plan

FF will not 'bring down the Government' over broadband plan

Fianna Fáil has ruled out pulling support from the Government over their opposition to the current €5bn rural broadband plan.

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Isolated houses could pay more for broadband

Isolated houses could pay more for broadband

Thousands of people with one-off houses and new homes

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Dáil committee calls for freeze of €3bn broadband project

Dáil committee calls for freeze of €3bn broadband project

The Government’s multi-billion euro broadband plan is at risk of being derailed after an Oireachtas committee called for a three-month freeze of the project to force a re-examination of its €3bn cost and the entire tendering process.

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Government tight lipped tonight on Oireachtas committee's calls for broadband plan review

Government tight lipped tonight on Oireachtas committee's calls for broadband plan review

The Government is refusing to say if it will accept calls to reform its multi-billion euro broadband plan which could force the project to stay in public ownership and subject it to another in-depth review.

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National broadband network should remain in public ownership, Oireachtas Committee recommends

National broadband network should remain in public ownership, Oireachtas Committee recommends

A review carried out by the Communications Committee concluded the existing plan is based on a flawed tendering process and ignored viable alternative options.

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Eir launches 'No Limits Data' plan with 80GB limit for mobile customers

Eir launches 'No Limits Data' plan with 80GB limit for mobile customers

From today, Eir will give users what it calls "effectively uncapped data usage" for prepay, bill and small business plans.

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Report on whether to support Government's broadband plans will not be published until August 20

Report on whether to support Government's broadband plans will not be published until August 20

A cross-party report on whether to support or reject the Government's controversial broadband plans will not be published until August 20 because of differing views on its findings.

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TDs question rural broadband timeline

TDs question rural broadband timeline

Concerns about the long-term ownership of the rural broadband network and the length of time to complete the planned €5bn project are among findings in revealed in an Oireachtas committee report.

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Department rejects Eir's proposal for sub-€1bn National Broadband Plan

Department rejects Eir's proposal for sub-€1bn National Broadband Plan

The Department of Communications has said the proposal by Eir to roll out the National Broadband Plan for less than a €1bn is not feasible.

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Group tells Oireachtas committee it could deliver National Broadband Plan for €402m

Group tells Oireachtas committee it could deliver National Broadband Plan for €402m

The Regional Internet Service Providers Association (RISPA) claims it could deliver an alternative to the National Broadband Plan for just over €400m.

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Broadband monopoly in rural areas ‘very likely’, committee hears

Broadband monopoly in rural areas ‘very likely’, committee hears

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan voiced concerns about the current state of the plan.

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Accepting Eir broadband offer ‘would be illegal’

Accepting Eir broadband offer ‘would be illegal’

Accepting Eir’s offer to deliver the National Broadband Plan at a cut price would be illegal, top officials in the Department of Communications have claimed.

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Eir's broadband proposal has to be considered, says FF

Eir's broadband proposal has to be considered, says FF

The National Broadband Plan's tendering process was not fit for purpose, according to Fianna Fáil.

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Bruton yet to make decision on Eir's broadband proposal

Bruton yet to make decision on Eir's broadband proposal

Communications Minister Richard Bruton has yet to make a decision on Eir's new broadband proposal.

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Bruton: Government not going to tear up terms and conditions of broadband tendering

Bruton: Government not going to tear up terms and conditions of broadband tendering

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton has said there is no going back “to tear up the terms and conditions” of the tendering process for the National Broadband contract that were set in December 2015.

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Confusion over broadband plan after Eir’s €1bn claim

Confusion over broadband plan after Eir’s €1bn claim

The National Broadband Plan has been thrown into fresh confusion after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the Government will consider Eir’s claim it could deliver it for less than €1bn.

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'I'm all ears': Taoiseach indicates Gov could restart broadband tender plan after Eir claims

'I'm all ears': Taoiseach indicates Gov could restart broadband tender plan after Eir claims

The Taoiseach has indicated that the Government could restart the National Broadband Plan (NBP) tender process after Eir claimed they could deliver the high speed network for one third of the current price.

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Government to analyse Eir’s broadband claims, Varadkar tells Dáil

Government to analyse Eir’s broadband claims, Varadkar tells Dáil

The Taoiseach said it was a ‘big turnaround’ for the telecommunications firm.

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National broadband plan: Far too many questions unanswered

National broadband plan: Far too many questions unanswered

Yesterday’s statement to the Oireachtas communications committee from Eir chief executive Carolan Lennon that her company could complete the National Broadband Plan for less than €1bn, a third of the figure the State has agreed to

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Eir 'certain' it can roll out National Broadband Plan for less than €1bn

Eir 'certain' it can roll out National Broadband Plan for less than €1bn

Eir CEO Carolan Lennon, appeared before an Oireachtas committee investigating the National Broadband Plan

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Denis Naughten surprised by Eir's claim about completing broadband plan

Denis Naughten surprised by Eir's claim about completing broadband plan

Former Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has expressed surprise at claims by Eir that it could complete the National Broadband Plan for less than €1bn.

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Eir claim it could have delivered National Broadband Plan for under €1bn

Eir claim it could have delivered National Broadband Plan for under €1bn

The former state telephone company, Eir, will today claim it could have delivered the Government's National Broadband Plan (NBP) for under €1bn, one-third of its estimated final cost.

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LEO satellites could offer potential solution to Irish National Broadband Plan

LEO satellites could offer potential solution to Irish National Broadband Plan

Low Earth orbit satellites have the potential to provide broadband at gigabit speed globally, and they could also play a role in Ireland’s National Broadband Plan.

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Fianna Fáil: Timescale for broadband roll-out 'not acceptable'

Fianna Fáil: Timescale for broadband roll-out 'not acceptable'

Fianna Fáil has expressed concern that the cost for the National Broadband Plan has been underestimated.

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5G would not meet the needs for everyone living in rural Ireland, says regulator

5G would not meet the needs for everyone living in rural Ireland, says regulator

The communications regulator says introducing 5G for internet access would not meet the needs of everyone living in rural Ireland.

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Cost of broadband plan ‘could be reduced by €1bn’

Cost of broadband plan ‘could be reduced by €1bn’

Under the current plan, the total cost to the taxpayer is capped at just under €3bn.

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McCourt ‘bringing nothing’ to National Broadband Plan

McCourt ‘bringing nothing’ to National Broadband Plan

The consortium developing the State’s multibillion-euro national broadband project has been accused of “bringing nothing” to the plan amid claims a separate company is part-funding its investment.

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Labour: Govt decision-making could 'wreck a very good' National Broadband Plan

Labour: Govt decision-making could 'wreck a very good' National Broadband Plan

Former Communications Minister Alex White has said he is “mystified” by the €3bn cost of providing the National Broadband Plan.

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Oireachtas committee fails to entice civil servant regards broadband investigation

Oireachtas committee fails to entice civil servant regards broadband investigation

The Department of Public Expenditure’s top civil servant has refused to come before an Oireachtas committee investigation into broadband today.

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Questions over attendance of top official at broadband committee

Questions over attendance of top official at broadband committee

The Department of Public Expenditure’s top civil servant looks likely to snub an Oireachtas broadband investigation until after the local elections.

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Broadband concerns: Senior department official keeps communications committee waiting

Broadband concerns: Senior department official keeps communications committee waiting

The Department of Public Expenditure's top civil servant has yet to say whether he will appear before Wednesday's Oireachtas committee's broadband investigation.

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Broadband investigation will also look at how best to roll out rural network

Broadband investigation will also look at how best to roll out rural network

A cross-party investigation into the €5bn national broadband plan will also look at the best way to roll out a high-speed network to rural Ireland.

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Taoiseach challenged on broadband plan by 12-year-old coding enthusiast

Taoiseach challenged on broadband plan by 12-year-old coding enthusiast

Aoibheann Mangan approached Leo Varadkar at Inspire Fest, a two-day science, technology and creativity event in Dublin.

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Taoiseach supports Oireachtas investigation into €5bn broadband plan

Taoiseach supports Oireachtas investigation into €5bn broadband plan

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he supports an Oireachtas investigation into the national broadband plan, amid opposition warnings that billions of euro more must be found to fund the project.

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Simon Coveney: Government has nothing to hide in relation to broadband plan costs

Simon Coveney: Government has nothing to hide in relation to broadband plan costs

The government has nothing to hide in relation to the €3bn National Broadband Plan and will explain its decision and the project costs in due course, the Tánaiste says.

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Taoiseach backs Oireachtas hearing into National Broadband Plan

Taoiseach backs Oireachtas hearing into National Broadband Plan

Fianna Fail has demanded that a committee should investigate the matter.

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Government spends more than €14m on consultancy fees for Broadband Plan

Government spends more than €14m on consultancy fees for Broadband Plan

Major consultancy firms PwC and KPMG have been paid €2.41m and €11.6m respectively.

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€5bn National broadband plan faces Oireachtas inquiry

€5bn National broadband plan faces Oireachtas inquiry

Cross-party support for an Oireachtas committee investigation into the €5bn national broadband plan is likely to be agreed as the Government urges opposition parties to back the plan.

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Varadkar: Renationalising Eir to run NBP too costly

Varadkar: Renationalising Eir to run NBP too costly

Opposition calls to take Eircom back into state ownership to run the National Broadband Plan could cost up to €9bn, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.

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Taoiseach: Renationalising Eir to run National Broadband Plan would be double cost of proposed plan

Taoiseach: Renationalising Eir to run National Broadband Plan would be double cost of proposed plan

Opposition calls to renationalise the former state telephone company, Eir, and have it run the National Broadband Plan would cost up to €9 billion, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.

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Fianna Fáil claims Govt could introduce new charges to fund broadband project

Fianna Fáil claims Govt could introduce new charges to fund broadband project

Fianna Fáil has claimed the consortium behind the Government's broadband project may be planning to hit households with new charges to fill its own funding gap, before selling the contract onto another firm who will hike prices even further.

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