Tuesday, 26th September 2017
Press Statement by Hildegarde Naughton T.D.
Fine Gael, Galway West and South Mayo
Deputy Hildegarde Naughton welcomes progress on with discussions on the National Broadband Plan.
The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment today announced that his Department has received the two final bids for the rollout of high-speed broadband to remote or rural areas not served by commercial operators.
The bidders were Eircom Limited and the Grahahan McCourt, Enet, SSE, John Laing Group Plc consortium.
The bids received today indicate that the procurement process for a nationwide rollout of high-speed broadband is in its final stage.
“I very much welcome today’s announcement. I know firsthand of the frustration of householders and businesses across the County who cannot get high speed broadband. The good news is that the tendering process is coming to an end and within a short timeframe the contract for the successful bidder will be awarded”.
“While the good news is that the independent regulator, ComReg, last month said that there had been a 36% increase in the quality of broadband service since the present Government took office, there is still work to be done”, noted Deputy Naughton.
“While Eir is on track to pass 101,000 premises connected to high-speed broadband there are still vast areas of County Galway, including areas in Oranmore, Claregalway, Maree, Connemara, amongst others, that cannot yet avail of the service”, she added.
“Research indicates that small communities and surrounding rural areas with high-quality broadband access reap both short and long term economic benefits. Short term benefits are characterized by increases in business and job growth. It is vital for rural Galway that this rollout happens as quickly as possible”, stated Deputy Naughton.
“The rollout of high speed broadband to every household and business in Galway has been a priority for me since my election. As Chair of the Oireachtas Communications Committee the people of Galway can be assured that I will continue to pressure the Minister until this is achieved”