21 Beal 2019, 15.39

The Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment will begin a series of hearings on the National Broadband Plan. The hearings will focus on how best to proceed and the best means in which to roll out rural broadband.

The following witnesses will appear before the Committee:

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

• Ciarán ÓhÓbáin, Assistant Secretary
• Fergal Mulligan, Project Manager
• Patrick Neary, Chief Technical Officer
• Orla Ryan, Principal Officer
• Ciara Kennedy, Assistant Principal

Committee Chair, Hildegarde Naughton TD, said, “The Committee has initiated these hearings in order to investigate the concerns around rollout of rural broadband to more than 500,000 homes and businesses. The Committee has a particular interest in the roll-out time frame; value for money issues, including the cost benefit analysis, and the issue of ownership. Tomorrow, Officials from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment will appear before the Committee to provide Members with detail on issues including contractual controls; deployments plans; the best ownership model, and other issues.”
The Joint Committee meeting will start at 2.30pm in Committee Room 4, Leinster House.

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