There are concerns that the Government's 2020 deadline for the rollout of high speed broadband across rural Ireland will not be met.

It comes as SSE yesterday became the latest company to withdraw from the bidding process for delivering the National Broadband Plan.

The e-net consortium says the bid is very much on track and it's just weeks away from submitting its final tender.

However, Roscommon-Galway Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice asks who will make up the €100 million euro deficit left by SSE's withdrawal from the e-net consortium.

If a new investor is required, that will take time, and could further delay the rollout of broadband, which is essential for rural areas, according to Deputy Fitzmaurice.

Minister of State Séan Kyne insists the Government is still committed to the National Broadband Plan, and it's full steam ahead.

He said tenders from the remaining consortium are expected in the coming weeks, and the Government hopes to award the contract soon after that.

But speaking with Midwest Radio, Deputy Fitzmaurice says this latest development raises a number of questions about the planned rollout of broadband.....


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