National Broadband Plan contract release misses the point

Published while the nation was engrossed by Phil Hogan’s bid to keep his job, the NBP deal lacks transparency, but we’re paying for it so we should know what makes it up

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent @emmetjryan
30th August, 2020
National Broadband Plan contract release misses the point
The potential impact of the National Broadband Plan for smaller towns and villages in Ireland is enormous

Lack of transparency is not a good look these days, and the release of the heavily-redacted National Broadband Plan (NBP) contract could not have landed at a worse time.

Poring over the lengthy document poses an enormous challenge, even with huge swathes missing or redacted. The rationale given for the redactions is perfectly reasonable: the information is considered commercially sensitive.

But no matter what National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company managing the scheme, would like...

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