Independent TDs are demanding the hiring of extra contractors to avoid a two-year delay in the roll-out of broadband to 750,000 homes.
It is one of the key issues that has to be resolved for independents to support a Fine Gael-led minority government.
Independent TDs have been briefed by government officials that the long-awaited national broadband plan will only be delivered by 2022 instead of the target date of 2020.
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