Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 5 June 2019
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment
National Broadband Plan: Discussion
I apologise for focusing my questions on Mr. Godfrey, but he said something which was related to what Deputy Stanley had asked. He mentioned the average wholesale cost of broadband access. The Minister made great play of the fact that €30 per home would be the standard price and that it would be the same in the country and the city. Mr. Godfrey said that would not be the case, that it could vary from as little as €23 for a 150 mbps connection to €38 for 1 gigabyte. It is important to make the point that the cost of €30 per house is not sacrosanct and should not be. Mr. Godfrey asked whether such costs should be index-linked. Given the technological improvements that are occurring and the benefits of Moore's law in the technology sector, cost reduction is standard. If one looks back over the last ten or 20 years and the cost of connections and providing data for the home via a variety of sources, it is clear that the cost has continued to decline. Does ComReg have a view on whether the cost of such services should be index-linked?