The provision of broadband services is, in the first instance, a matter for the private sector. Broadband service providers operate in a fully liberalised market, regulated by the independent Commission for Communications Regulation.
The role of Government is to formulate regulatory and infrastructure policies to facilitate the provision of affordable, high quality telecommunications services, by competing private sector service providers.
There are 10 Kildare towns listed in Phase II of the MANs Programme. These towns are: Athy, Clane, Kilcock, Kilcullen, Kildare, Maynooth, Monasterevin, Newbridge, Rathangan and Prosperous. The networks are scheduled to be handed over to the Managed Service Entity, responsible for operating and administering the networks, towards the end of 2008.