Thursday, 11 February 2021

Questions (17)

Gary Gannon

Question:

17. Deputy Gary Gannon asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications his plans to support Wi-Fi access for students without access while school buildings are closed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7796/21]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

Providing telecommunication services, is a matter for the relevant service providers operating in a fully liberalised market regulated by the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg), as independent Regulator.

I recognise how vital telecommunications services are to citizens for so many aspects of their daily lives, including remote working, studying and staying in touch with family members during the Covid-19 crisis. In April of last year, all major telecommunications providers in Ireland committed to a number of measures to help people stay in touch and work from home during the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, a number of operators have implemented further supports for consumers, such as for students in education, who require a high data usage package, by increasing data limits on many existing packages and by the introduction of new packages with very high, or unlimited data offerings. As a result, the market for mobile packages with very high, or unlimited data offerings, is becoming increasingly competitive, which is a positive development for consumers.