Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 5 June 2019
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment
National Broadband Plan: Discussion
I wish to clarify something. I pointed out to the then Minister, Deputy Naughten, that the removal of the 300,000 premises would make the process more expensive. I compared it to farming, in that if one takes away the best land, a higher subsidy will be required to farm the bad land. The then Minister said that was not the case with the NBP. That is a matter of public record. Ms Connolly is stating KPMG advised him differently at the time.
Was it advising the then Minister, Deputy Naughten, that it was going to be more expensive to run the network to the remaining 540,000 households, businesses and farms? That is certainly not what we were being told.