Roscommon businessman worried over withdrawal of bidder to National Broadband Plan

A Roscommon businessman says he doesn’t believe there will no impact on the delivery or cost of broadband in rural areas with just one bidder left in the process.

He was speaking after the announcement that Eir has withdrawn its contract bid to provide 1.9 million homes and businesses with fibre broadband by the end of this year, and just one company is left now.

Jim Callery who’s a founder and director of the Westward Group which includes Strokestown Park House, and Westward Garages among other interests, says the basic laws of competition can’t be applied now.

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Mr Callery says the cost of a decent high speed broadband service for anyone who wants to start up a business in rural areas is already prohibitive, and this latest development doesn’t augur well.

Speaking on Let’s Talk this afternoon, the Strokestown businessman says there needs to be real incentives put in place to encourage business in rural areas, and broadband is an essential piece of infrastructure…