Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Questions (124)

Patrick O'Donovan

Question:

124. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he will consider initiatives to incentivise the roll-out of free Wi-Fi in city and town centres; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14408/14]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The provision of electronic communications services is, in the first instance, a matter for private sector service providers. Broadband services may be provided over various platforms (i.e. over telephone lines, co-axial cable, mobile, fixed wireless, fibre and satellite). WiFi technologies can be used in conjunction with these platforms to provide wireless access to broadband services. The availability and provision of free public WiFi is primarily a matter for the network providers and the Local Authorities responsible for the designated areas where the network is available.