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Bruton Won't Consider Scrapping Current National Broadband Plan

The Communications Minister says he's not going to consider abandoning the current National Broadban...
Niall Colbert
Niall Colbert

12:31 PM - 29 Aug 2019



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Bruton Won't Consider Scrapping Current National Broadband Plan

Niall Colbert
Niall Colbert

12:31 PM - 29 Aug 2019



The Communications Minister says he's not going to consider abandoning the current National Broadband Plan.

An Oireachtas Committee report this week found the tender process was not fit for purpose to connect rural homes at an affordable price.

The report criticised the procurement process by saying "it has proven to be overly complex, restrictive, redundant and unfit for purpose in delivering high-speed broadband at an affordable price"

The government's already named Granahan McCourt as its preferred bidder for the project which will cost €3 billion.

Communications Minister Richard Bruton says he won't pull the plug on the plan:

Minister Bruton says "We still have to decide whether we will sign the contract. In that period, we will look at what the committee has put forward but we are very advanced in a  tender process"

He says "Some of the proposals that the committee has put forward would represent total abandonment of that process at this stage. That's not something we could countenance."



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