Tuesday, 1 July 2014
Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
National Broadband Plan Implementation
291. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in relation to the national broadband plan, the progress made with the undertaking to modernise the existing wireless telegraphy legislation; his plans to conduct a relevant public consultation; his views on whether he can have comprehensive legislation in place before the end of 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28524/14]
The National Broadband Plan, in addition to containing clear commitments regarding addressing market failure in the provision of high-speed broadband services to all parts of the country, also sets out specific targets in relation to a number of complementary measures aimed at accelerating commercial investment. These include, inter alia, a review of national spectrum policy and possible amendments to the existing Wireless Telegraphy Act 1926 if deemed necessary.
My Department has commenced the review of national spectrum policy and I expect to be in a position to issue a public consultation document on the matter this month. The review will deal with a broad range of issues relating to policy in the use of spectrum while respecting the role of ComReg as independent Regulator with responsibility for the management of spectrum on a day-to-day basis.
Given the potential scale of the task I do not anticipate being in a position to bring forward any proposed legislative changes this calendar year.