Next Generation Broadband Taskforce
PUBLICATION OF THE REPORT OF THE NEXT GENERATION BROADBAND TASKFORCE AND CONSULTATION ON THE FINDINGS OF THE REPORT AND THE PROVISION OF HIGH SPEED BROADBAND IN IRELAND
In light of the importance of digital engagement for Ireland, both economically and socially, and the commitment in the Programme for Government to an ambitious rollout of high speed broadband, the Next Generation Broadband Taskforce was established with a view to identifying the legislative, policy and regulatory levers that would facilitate faster investment in high speed services across Ireland. The Taskforce was a collaborative approach between industry and the Departmental of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources aimed at assisting the Government in developing an informed and ambitious National Broadband Plan for Ireland, the objective of which will be to achieve “faster broadband to more places as soon as possible”.
Membership of the Taskforce
The Taskforce was chaired by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Mr. Pat Rabbitte T.D., supported by Minister of State, Mr. Fergus O’Dowd T.D.. Its membership included the CEO’s of the six main electronic communications network operators in Ireland, namely:- BT, Eircom/Meteor, Hutchison 3G Ireland (3), Telefonica O2, UPC & Vodafone
The CEO’s of four other operators (eNet, ESBT, Digiweb, Imagine) also participated to help provide the perspective of service providers with less market share in the Irish market. The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg), the Telecommunications and Internet Federation (TIF) and Forfás participated in an observer capacity.
Report of the Next Generation Broadband Taskforce
Five Working Groups were established under the Taskforce to consider issues such as appropriate targets for broadband speed; demand stimulation; the removal of barriers which are currently perceived as hampering investment; spectrum policy; and the role of State entities in providing access to infrastructure and services. The Reports of each of the Working Groups are set out in the main Taskforce Report.
In addition, the Report of the Next Generation Broadband Taskforce sets out a number of key recommendations / requirements which the industry participants have identified and would wish to see progressed. It is intended that these recommendations will be drawn on as appropriate, together with responses to this public consultation, in the drafting of the new National Broadband Plan for Ireland.
To download a copy of the full report please click here. To download a copy of the executive summary please click here.
Consultation on the Findings of the Report and the Provision of High Speed
Broadband in Ireland
The Minister held a four week consultation on the contents of the Report, the industry recommendations and on how best to facilitate the provision of high speed broadband.
The public consultation has now closed. The responses received will be available online in due course.