Further delays in National Broadband Plan as Peter Smyth’s report delayed

Fianna Fáil Deputy for Mayo Lisa Chambers has criticised the delay in the publication of Peter Smyth’s report on the National Broadband Plan, saying this will lead to further delays in delivering broadband to homes across Mayo

Speaking on the matter Deputy Chambers said “This really has come as no surprise given the Government’s poor record to date on the National Broadband Plan. Peter Smyth is examining whether the National Broadband Plan was undermined by meetings former Communications Minister Denis Naughten had with a businessman who was part of tender for the roll out high speed broadband,”

“An Taoiseach has today confirmed that the already delayed report, which was expected at the start of November, has been further delayed by a few more weeks,” she continued

“A few more weeks is deliberately vague and does not give us any substantial detail as to why the report has been delayed, we need to know why the report is not being published and more importantly people across Mayo need to know when they will get broadband,” she said
“The National Broadband Plan process to date has been nothing short of a circus; The people of this Country were promised high speed broadband by this Government by 2016, that deadline has been missed and we don’t know when broadband will be delivered and whether the current tender process is even intact.”

“An Taoiseach may say ‘he is hopeful it will be positive’ but the reality is that nothing to date on The National Broadband Plan has been positive,”
“There are still 542,000 homes and business across Ireland without adequate broadband and the sooner this Government gets its head out of the sand and wakes up to that reality the better,” she concluded.