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Note on broadband

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This report takes the roll-out of next generation broadband as its prerequisite starting point. The single area of consensus among all stakeholders was the need for free or affordable high speed broadband. This was viewed as the sine qua non of an internationally competitive digital sector.

Since DCENR is currently examining the responses to the NGB consultation paper, this report takes the roll-out of next generation broadband as the prerequisite starting point, and bypasses the current infrastructural dialogue in favour of a longer term assessment of the key emerging trends that will impact on Ireland’s digital competitiveness.


Written by johnnyryan

13/12/2008 at 01:21

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  1. Fair enough, and good to have that explained. But it is not clear that it is justified, especially on the “free or affordable” part. Where is the evidence from past or present government or service provider behaviour?

    T Wilson

    18/12/2008 at 04:30

  2. I agree with the above. Just one other comment, a writing point – could jargon and obscure abbreviations – defined as anything an average Irish citizen would not recognised – be avoided, or in proper Web style, linked to an explanation, here or in Wikipedia.

    R Almatev

    18/12/2008 at 22:20

  3. Good point – links added to DCENR (Department of Communications, Enterprise and Natural Resources) and to the NGB (Next Generation Broadband) consultation paper.


    18/12/2008 at 22:27

  4. Thanks for the prompt response! There may be a typo in the first link, as it 404’s.

    R Almatev

    18/12/2008 at 22:45

  5. yes – forgot the all important words: “http://”


    18/12/2008 at 22:48

  6. Good progress, if badly belated, has been made on high-speed access in Ireland, but yes, more needs to be done, and especially on price. Compared to other cities, especially those with free wifi, the situation even in Dublin is a disgrace, and the service for visitors, even after paying extortionate fees, is often flaky. Home broadband with cable seems pretty robust in general, but other forms seem rather less reliable. I think “next generation broadband” (what is meant there anyway?) is a little advanced for now: let’s try to get the basics working, and see off dial-up services.

    J Doyle

    20/12/2008 at 11:32

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