Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy believes the National Broadband Plan is overpriced and will take years to deliver. He also highlighted the issue of network ownership when the roll-out is complete.
“The new announcement is not good news for Roscommon-Galway. For many of us, particularly in the rural areas, we have been waiting indefinitely for the provision of high-speed broadband. Now, we have another ten years before this project is completed.
“I have many concerns around this project. It is taking three times longer and costing six times the original price. On top of that, the State will not own the network built and paid for by the taxpayer.
“The people waiting for broadband need it now, not 2029. They should be rightly skeptical about the announcement given the fact that every other timeline on this project has been missed.
“Fine Gael has completely mismanaged this project from the beginning and have wasted taxpayers’ money,” he said.
“The broadband plan, when finally in place, will be welcome for those in Roscommon-Galway who are urgently requiring this service. Yet, how we got to this point, and the next ten years as the service is slowly rolled out, is massively disappointing for those of us in rural Ireland,” concluded Deputy Murphy.