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About 542,000 homes and businesses across the State stand to benefit from the State-subsidised National Broadband Plan.

The Government’s broadband tender process remains competitive even with just one bidder left in the race, the most senior official in charge of the pr(...)

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten announcing details of the National Broadband Plan last April. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil is calling for an independent review of the Government’s broadband procurement process following Eir’s surprise decision to quit the proce(...)

The SSE group has invested more than €2 billion in the Irish market since 2008

SSE Airtricity, one of the largest electricity suppliers in Ireland, recorded a sharp drop in revenues last year as a related subsidiary, SSE Renewabl(...)

Fergal Mulligan, programme manager of the National Broadband Plan and  Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications. Photograph: Maxwells

The National Broadband Plan is likely to cost more than the €1 billion previously signalled because of the high cost of connecting homes in rural par(...)

Minister Denis Naughten with Richard Moat, CEO eir. File photograph:

Fine Gael TDs have raised concerns about the effect of Eir’s decision to withdraw its bid for the national rural broadband scheme. The company, the S(...)

Telecommunications company Eir has withdrawn from the broadband procurement process to provide infrastructure to 542,000 homes and business premises dotted throughout rural Ireland. Photograph: Maxwells

The absence of high-speed broadband across much of rural Ireland has been one of the major failures of government over the past decade. That is why th(...)

The ambition of Minister for Communications Denis Naughten is to provide “next generation” broadband to all homes and businesss in the State through a combination of commercial and State investment. Photograph: Maxwells.

How much of a Government priority is broadband? When then minister for communications Pat Rabbitte launched the National Broadband Plan (NBP) in 2012(...)

Simon Coveney: “There are about 80 people working on this for the State to get this contract right”

A scheme to provide rural broadband will be in place by September so the Government can deliver it rapidly, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has told the Dáil. (...)

 Regional broadband: Eir’s departure renders the Government’s procurement process uncompetitive, a scenario that might prompt a recalibrated tender process. Photograph: Paul Bradley

The single biggest question hanging over Eir’s sudden departure from the Government’s broadband process is who pulled the plug, effectively turning th(...)

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten, who insisted on Wednesday the Government has not been put in a difficult position by Eir’s sudden withdrawal and that the plan, which aims to equip 542,000 homes and premises with high-speed connectivity, would be delivered on time and at no extra cost to the taxpayer. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has, for the first time, raised the prospect of pursuing an alternative plan to bring high-speed broadband (...)

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