Government unsure on state aid issues over existing broadband services
The government is restricted from using state aid, such as through the NBP, to address a market failure in areas where private operators have delivered broadband already or have plans to do so soon
The Department of Communications has claimed it is unable to determine if existing broadband services could create state aid issues for the National Broadband Plan, as it does not have enough information to hand.
Fixed wireless broadband provider Imagine last week said it had delivered reliable, 150Mbps broadband to 800,000 homes and businesses across the country.
This figure included 234,000 of the 540,000 rural premises earmarked for intervention by the state through the multibillion-euro NBP.
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