27 Aug 2019, 11.59
The Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment has called for high speed broadband to be provided in the intervention area as quickly as possible, to the same standard as is available to other parts of the country, at the same cost to consumers as elsewhere and at best value to the tax payer.
The Committee undertook hearings with the relevant stakeholders throughout May, June, July and August and today’s report sets out a factual account of the discussions that took place.
The reports contains 25 conclusions and 10 recommendations including:
- The Government should commission an external, independent review on whether its proposals (and the costs) are the only viable option.
- A new cost-benefit analysis to be carried out before the final National Broadband contract is signed, commissioned by and developed independently of Government Departments.
- The Comptroller and Auditor General should have a role identifying cost overruns in large infrastructure projects.
- All infrastructure developed through the National Broadband Plan should remain in public ownership.
- Government should re-engage with the ESB to examine the best model for delivery of a new National Broadband Plan through the ESB.
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