“Make no mistake, Fianna Fáil wants to see every home and business in Mayo have access to a high speed broadband service, however the current plan, which Fine Gael is pressing ahead with, against the recommendations of the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, is deeply flawed.
“Not only is it going to cost more, if the government plan is seen through, the State will not even own the network, despite the taxpayer having paid for it. It is not value for money. And no amount of government spin changes that simple fact,” said the Castlebar TD.
“This process was badly handled from the start, and my party consistently raised concerns about the tender process. Now we’ve reached a point whereby Fine Gael is bullishly pushing a plan which is costing six times as much as the original price and is refusing to even consider a proposal from Eir, which claims it can complete the NBP for under €1bn, compared to the €3bn that the preferred bidder is charging,” Deputy Chambers added.