Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment
National Broadband Plan: Discussion (Resumed)
What Mr. Matthews is saying is in some ways contrary to what we have heard. As I recall, representatives of Analysys Mason, a firm of international consultants, said when they were before us they had never seen any place like Ireland because of the ribbon development along roads. If I recall correctly, they concluded in their work on the national broadband plan that rural Ireland could not be served in the manner Mr. Matthews has suggested. Owing to development along country roads, it was found the only technical way of proceeding was to run fibre. It is difficult because we are not technical experts. He said the work can be done with a similar non-cable-based, house-to-house solution. Who do we believe technically?