Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 5 June 2019
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment
National Broadband Plan: Discussion
My next question is for Mr. Blaney or Mr. Leavy. It was stated that ComReg has "also taken the initiative to share early thinking on the retirement of the copper network once fibre-based services are available on Eir." I presume ComReg is assuming that when the fibre optic goes in, the need for the copper will become redundant. Copper has a recycling value. Does ComReg expect Eir to take it out? Will Eir not be obliged to maintain any universal service obligation requiring fixed line copper? Can it be assumed that the copper will be taken out reasonably quickly once an area is serviced with fibre?