A Roscommon/Galway TD has hit out at the continued delays in signing of the contract for the National Broadband Plan which he says is having a serious impact on hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in rural Ireland, waiting to be connected to the network.

Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy raised the matter in the Dail last week.

There is only one company Enet, left in the running after Eir pulled out the process earlier this year.

Deputy Murphy says Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has failed to give any indications as to when the contract for the National Broadband Plan will be signed.

Deputy Murphy says there is appalling broadband connectivity in Co Roscommon, with figure showing that there are over 38,500 premises in Roscommon of which almost half are relying on the State led intervention under the NBP. Some 12% of Roscommon premises are still due to receive high speed broadband under Eir’s ongoing planned rural deployment.

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