Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Ceisteanna (265)

Mattie McGrath

Ceist:

338 Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if broadband will be supplied to a person (details supplied); if not, if he will provide a date of supply; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6920/08]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources)

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, where appropriate, by the independent Commission for Communications Regulation, ComReg.

There are a number of platforms for delivery of broadband, and the service providers are now offering broadband by wireless, satellite, fibre or standard telephone cable and more recently, by mobile in all areas of the country. My Department operates a dedicated website, www.broadband.gov.ie where potential broadband customers can ascertain the availability of services in their area.

Those parts of the country where the private sector will be unable to justify the commercial provision of broadband services will be addressed by the National Broadband Scheme (NBS). I hope to be in a position to appoint a service provider to implement the scheme by the middle of this year.