A five page report was issued yesterday
The government has put forward its recommendations on how best to tackle the issues of broadband and mobile phone access around the country. Communications Minister Denis Naughten and Arts Minister Heather Humphreys presented a report compiled by the broadband task force, which was set up earlier this year. The report is now being considered by Cabinet.
The formation of this Taskforce was a 100 day commitment under the Programme for a Partnership Government and complements the work of the National Broadband Plan (NBP).
"The Taskforce has identified a number of areas where direct action by Government Departments and State Agencies can ensure accelerated benefits to consumers from these industry investments," says the report. It continues to say the Government agreed a series of concrete and immediate actions focussed on "removing barriers to investment, reducing the cost and streamlining planning processes for telecommunications infrastructure, providing consumers with information so they are better informed when making investment decisions, practical initiatives to boost reception of mobile phone and broadband services in homes and businesses, and greater cooperation including better information sharing between all stakeholders to support better outcomes for consumers."
The five page report consists of 40 actions, which it is hoped, will speed up the process of upgrading the infrastructure across the country, ahead of the National Broadband Plan rollout.
The report is made up of the following subheadings:
Some of the key highlights from the 40 actions listed are as follows:
The procurement process for the National Broadband Plan is ongoing, but the winning bidder / bidders will be announced in 2017.