Thursday, 4 July 2019

Questions (23)

Eamon Ryan


23. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if the options proposed by Eir will be considered for the roll-out of fibre to the national broadband area by means other than the draft concession agreement. [28479/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

I would like in the first instance to clarify that eir has made no formal proposal to Government to replace or supersede the National Broadband Plan. At its appearance at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment, eir's CEO outlined eir's view on the value for money of the NBP. eir's CEO made certain observations with regard to eir's own model for delivery of rural broadband, which could only be delivered outside of the current procurement process. My Department requested a detailed outline from eir setting out the assumptions made and the financial model underpinning eir’s assumptions. eir provided further information to my Department at close of business on Friday 28 June and my Department and its NBP advisers are currently analysing this information.