From top: Minister for Communications Richard Bruton; Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and junior minister with responsibility for rural digital development Seán Canney ;Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring; Mr Canney; Mr Vardkay, Mr Canney and Mr Bruton
The estimated cost to the Exchequer of the National Broadband Plan increased from €1 billion to €3 billion between December 2015 and April 2018, according to new information about the tendering process from the Department of Communications.
Under the revised plan passed by Cabinet today, connecting high-speed broadband to more than one million people in rural Ireland will cost, on average, €12,000 per house; €7,000 per farm; and €15,000 per business.
The total cost to the taxpayer, which is less than half of the cost of the total plan, is capped at €2.97 billion – a figure which includes €545 million for contingencies….
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