Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Communications Timmy Dooley has called on Minister Richard Bruton to urgently clarify the impact of recent announcements by both Eir and Imagine on the intervention area for the National Broadband Plan.

Earlier today, Imagine announced plans to cover 400,000 homes, while Eir announced plans which will cover 80,000 to 100,000 homes in the 540,000 premises intervention area.

Deputy Dooley commented, “The National Broadband Plan rollout can only cover areas in which no commercial operator is in place. This week’s announcements are obviously welcome news for the many homes and businesses throughout rural Ireland, but they raise even more questions about the future of the National Broadband Plan.

“The Minister needs to urgently clarify the impact of these announcements on the tendering process. Previous reductions to the intervention area have already led to changes in both the scale and price of the project. These announcements must surely do the same.

“Operators moving into rural Ireland to provide broadband is a good thing for those communities. However, for those homes in which a connection will never be commercially viable, these announcements will only raise further concerns”.