Fine Gael have ruled out the possibility of a State owned broadband service.
According to some figures the cost of the national Broadband Plan, including private investment, is expected to exceed €5 billion.
However, the majority of the cost – €3 billion – is coming from the government.
Speaking on the Morning Mix, Labour Leader Brendan Howlin says it’s not too late to row back on the plan.
He is calling for a State owned broadband distribution.
However Minister of State of the Department of Finance Michael D’Arcy says this is not a possibility because it will take too long and the government want to get on with it.