Fianna Fáil is calling for an independent review of the Government’s broadband procurement process in the Dail today following Eir’s surprise decision to quit the process last week.
However, Minister for Communications Denis Naughten, insists he will face down the request from the opposition party, adding that such a process would in any case only delay the roll-out of the National Broadband Plan (NBP).
According to today’s Irish Independent , Fianna Fail believes the departure of the State’s largest telecoms firm, which leaves just one bidder in the race, had compromised the tendering process and has raised serious doubts over whether the plan, as currently designed, could be delivered.
It has tabled a Dáil Private Members’ motion calling for a review of the process, to be concluded within two months, which would examine several aspects of the tender, including the degree to which it is “inhibiting the participation of suitable bidders”.
Minister for Communications Denis Naughten, however, said he would face down the request.