Has the Smyth report made things worse for broadband plan?

Peter Smyth, author of the report on Naughten and McCourt meetings, faces an Oireachtas committee grilling, write Jack Horgan-Jones and Hugh O’Connell

2nd December, 2018
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David McCourt, founder of Granahan McCourt Capital, and Denis Naughten, the former minister for communications Picture: Andrew Downes/Shutterstock

If Peter Smyth’s report was designed to pour oil on the stormy waters of the National Broadband Plan (NBP), there are increasing signs that far from calming affairs, it may ultimately make things worse. A widening chorus of voices is now criticising what they see as the mental acrobatics performed by Smyth to keep the NBP show on the road.

There are also issues that stretch beyond the narrow parameters of the Smyth...

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