David McCourt with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at a Science Foundation of Ireland event in New York, March 2018
Via The Sunday Business Post:
In a highly critical report into the National Broadband Plan (NBP) seen by The Sunday Business Post, members of the cross-party Oireachtas Communications Committee warned that public money would be used to subsidise its roll-out in areas where it wasn’t needed.
The report, which will be published on Tuesday, found that the procurement process run by the Department of Communications was “overly complex, restrictive, redundant and unfit for purpose”, despite being well intentioned.
It said the terms of the tender were too narrow and excluded “other viable options”.
A government source disputed the findings and said that if the recommendations were followed it would add a further siginificant delay to the project.
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