Rural broadband plan would cost six times the original estimate

Could talk of a plan ‘B’ be about rescuing the project with funding from the Apple tax billions or…?

Sligo News File.

Well, folks, it looks that government has made a proper bollocks of the planned high speed rural broadband job.

Fianna Fail and themselves have been forever preaching about its nearing launch date, but now the whole process is virtually back on the hind tit.

It seems there isn’t funding enough to take the development anywhere near the heart of the countryside. That’s because it’s reckoned the project would now cost roughly six times the originally targeted price.

The TD charged with guiding the project to an early rollout has also departed the scene. Remember him? Minister for Communications Denis from Roscommon. He bade farewell to the government following some alleged concerns about meetings with bidders for the work.

It’s now said in some quarters that there’s talk of a plan ‘B’ taking shape. Maybe. Maybe somebody is thinking about all those Apple tax billions that government and Fianna Fail have been refusing to take, and how a little of it could now make broadband for rural parts a reality.

Of course, plan ‘B’ could be about the thoughts of rural residents on the future of TDs who have failed to deliver!