Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment

National Broadband Plan: Discussion

Photo of Timmy DooleyTimmy Dooley (Clare, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

On the issue of the terminal value, I am a little confused. Ms Connolly did not give a figure in that regard but she seemed to suggest it would be a function of the revenue-generating potential at the end of the 25-year period. The assumption throughout is that by the end of the contract 80% of the people in that intervention area will have signed up at, as we understand it, €30 per head. Can Ms Connolly provide an estimate of what the value of the infrastructure will be at the end of the period? How has she accounted for investment? She indicated the importance of it being in private ownership. One of the benefits would be that there would be an incentive for the owner to invest in the infrastructure over the period. How would she take into account such investment at the end of the period?


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