Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment

National Broadband Plan: Discussion

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party) | Oireachtas source

Mr. Blaney, as a former regulator with the CER, might be best placed to answer my final question. The one way we could break that monopoly or have choice is to use the ESB poles, instead of or in combination with other options. There is a variety of options we could examine. When it comes to regulating that option, is that part of SIRO's work? Is that a function of ComReg or of CER? If we want to get competition into this process at this late stage by the use of the ESB poles in terms of the charge of €20 or whatever per pole so that the bidder will have a real negotiating power with Eir, where is ComReg's role in that versus the role of CER? How does the State co-ordinate with CER on that?


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