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

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’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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 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

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

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

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 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

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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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Broadband plan cheapest and most effective, Bruton insists

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton has said that the National Broadband Plan is the cheapest and most effective option for the provision of broadband.

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Labour seeks clarity over Granahan-McCourt investment in broadband plan

Labour is demanding to know what the consortium leading the €5bn broadband project will put up front as the party warned that a tribunal may rake over the costs and deal for the project in a decade.

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'Joined-up thinking' required for services like broadband plan, says former Housing Agency chief

He said that the National Development Plan and the National Broadband Plan contradicted each other with one encouraging more focus on villages and towns with the other offering “one for everyone in the audience.”

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Broadband group ‘on hook’ for cost overruns

The consortium behind the Government’s multi-billion euro national broadband plan will be “entirely on the hook” to pay any extra costs if the project continues to surge over-budget.

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McDonald challenges Martin to ‘put up or shut up’ over broadband

The Sinn Féin leader is calling on Micheal Martin to back her party’s motion opposing the Government’s National Broadband Plan.

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Bruton: Broadband bidder will have to invest €2.4bn in the project

Richard Bruton claims that will be the cost to Granahan McCourt over the lifetime of the 25-year contract.

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National Broadband Plan labelled 'the worst deal ever seen'

The €3bn State investment in the controversial National Broadband Plan has been labelled “the worst deal ever seen” after it emerged that the private operator chosen to deliver it will only invest €200m equity in it.

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Broadband: People living in rural Ireland ''sick and tired of broken promises'

Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald has said people living in rural Ireland are fed up with promises being broken when it comes to broadband.

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How Microsoft Airband would solve the urban-rural broadband gap

Last week’s Government decision to award the national broadband plan contract to Granahan McCourt wasn’t the only big recent announcement about improving rural connectivity.

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Satellite broadband will soon be way above fibre optics

It’ll be beamed back to us much more efficiently than it can be transmitted via underground cables, writes Niall Smith.

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Varadkar slams Sinn Féin idea to use ESB for broadband plan as 'political stunt'

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has slapped down calls by Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin to use the ESB to roll out high-speed broadband, saying this could be “illegal” and would cause delays for rural Ireland.

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Sinn Féin calls for ESB to deliver broadband plan

Sinn Féin will move a Dáil motion calling on the ESB to be appointed to deliver the National Broadband Plan.

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Ensuring value for taxpayers money should be priority

Ensuring value for taxpayers money should be priority

There is something inherent in Ireland’s institutional and political structure that renders it nigh on impossible to devise and deliver policy, particularly in the sphere of capital investment.

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Government accused of 'playing fast and loose' with taxpayers' money over broadband plan

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said the National Development Plan is now "in shreds" and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe can no longer say he will find the extra money for spiralling costs of rural broadband, the national children's hospital and the proposed metro in Dublin.

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Bruton will not confirm whether broadband bidders will put up between €300m and €400m of the €3bn bill

The Communications Minister has also refused to say how much of the €5bn broadband rollout cost will be footed by rural homeowners and businesses.

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Micheál Martin says National Development Plan is 'in shreds'

Fianna Fáil has hit out at the Government for now spending almost €10bn on three projects that are all billions over budget.

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'This is not about Netflix': Rural broadband would transform health services, says Denis Naughten

Former Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has warned that if the proposed National Broadband Plan falters between now and the signing of the contract he does not believe that there will ever be high-speed broadband in rural Ireland.

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Fine Gael MEP event dominated by broadband controversy

The Government has defended its decision to give the go-ahead to the plan, which is now billed to cost up to €5bn.

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Dáil committee to ask for unredacted version of broadband cost warnings

A Dáil committee is to ask Department of Public Expenditure secretary general Robert Watt for an unredacted version of his broadband cost warnings amid growing fears over the potential impact of the plan.

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Broadband report delayed until after elections

An independent report on the contentious broadband plan will be delayed until after the local and European elections amid claims it could unfairly impact on the votes.

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Economist: Government should 'look at the broadband plan again'

Economist John Fitzgerald has said that the Government should “go back and look at the broadband plan again.”

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Broadband plan: Opposition call for McCourt investment level to be revealed

Consortium set to pay just €974m of total broadband cost

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We must end these fiascos - Broadband offers another lesson

It is the nature of our world that politicians often face options one more unappealing than the other.

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Watt’s complaints cut to heart of Government’s competency

Why is the Government taking such a risk on its €3bn Broadband Plan when top officials have advised against it, asks Political Editor Daniel McConnell.

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Broadband plan: Bruton ‘very coy’ on firm’s liability

Communications Minister Richard Bruton has refused to say how much money a private firm will have to invest in the rollout of broadband despite pressure from opposition parties.

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Broadband plan report: State will pay double

The taxpayer is set to pay twice as much as the private company awarded the National Broadband Plan contract, a report reveals.

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Halting broadband plan would marginalise rural communities, says civil servant overseeing project

The civil servant overseeing the broadband plan has strongly defended the project, insisting that any decision to halt it would “likely result in the marginalisation of rural communities.”

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KPMG: 'Government should have cause to take control of broadband plan if firm fails'

The Government should include a clause in any contract allowing the State to take control of the national broadband plan if the firm involved fails to meet its obligations under the 25-year deal.

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