A 12-year-old girl from Co Mayo has challenged the Taoiseach on the Government’s National Broadband Plan. Aoibheann Mangan approached Leo Varadkar at the opening of #Inspirefest. Until recently, Aoibheann has been going to a Tesco car park to access WiFi for school projects etc pic.twitter.com/cCk2nO6Mcu
She told the Taoiseach that broadband provision in rural Ireland remained a “big problem” and she asked him how long people are going to have to wait. “It’s not fair that people in Dublin get access to everything. Everyone should have those opportunities,” she said.
I live in rural Donegal, about two miles from the nearest village. Eir and others told us that we would need to dig a trench from our house to the public road for a duct to enclose fibre-optic cable. I costed it and the job was coming in at more than €1,000. The works would have involved breaking concrete at the bottom of our driveway.
So I did some research. I contacted 3 mobile, got a wireless mobile router and a booster antenna from Amazon. We now have unlimited data for €30 per month. The booster cost €50.
My concern is this. Are we sleep-walking into spending €3 billion on “last year’s” technology? It seems to me that we may well be.
Experts are invariably conflicted. It’s always better to ask someone whose livelihood doesn’t depend upon the answer.
Over and over again in this country, our biggest and costliest mistakes arise from failing to ask the obvious questions.
Irish Rail could get into broadband provision by using the existing & disused rail network, fibre could be laid underground along lines without digging up the whole country, might be a nice little income stream for them for the old network (above left)…
In fact, If you can get 4G in a rural area like the Sally Gap [Wicklow mountains], small pigs might fly.
Tony Geraghty writes:
Thought your readers/dossers might appreciate this…despite claims from some Mobile phone Companies, Rural Ireland gets a raw deal when it comes to Fixed Line or Mobile Broadband. Cop On ComReg, Rural Ireland Deserves Better!
Don’t know if this is generally known but Meteor broadband is censoring thepiratebay.org.
When I rang customer service (1747) saying I couldn’t access the site, the rep said they “didn’t allow piracy”. This is outrageous don’t you think? An Irish broadband provider censoring access to the internet, where no applicable law is in effect