NO STATE OWNED BROADBAND SERVICE DESPITE RISING COSTS – D’ARCY

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.

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