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Hurray! Yet Another Broadband Talking Shop!

Posted on: February 5th, 2008 1 Comment

Minister Eamon Ryan has today established yet another broadband talking shop, the International Advisory Forum on Broadband. While our campaign (and your emails to (Enable Javascript to see the email address)">(Enable Javascript to see the email address)) to make broadband universal is making the Minister do something, we need action and not words!

It’s incredible. Instead of a plan of action, the Minister has delivered yet another committee to ‘look at the matter’. When that committee reports, their recommendations won’t even be accepted. Instead, the Minister says their report will be ‘published for wider consultation’.

We have had committees, commissions, and steering groups. Now we have a forum. Yet we already know what needs to be done. Instead of setting up talking shops, the Minister should support my Broadband Bill. It has targets for universal coverage and penetration. It establishes a National Broadband Network. It gives him the necessary power to enforce competition.

He should adopt by Bill now, before the Forum he has established recommends he does so.