Well I guess they do need to keep going when it comes to being clueless.
Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny, launching a new FG policy on broadband said the plan will tackle high prices, poor customer services and improve broadband availability and take-up levels that currently place us at the bottom of the international rankings.
No it won’t. The document doesn’t explain how that will happen at all.
So Simon Coveney now has brought out another FG manifesto. That Durkan is gone is a good thing, that Coveney is back, not so much. This new manifesto is all about fibre and all about ducting. Ducting is a big issue but they seem to forget that the issue of carrier neutral ducting has been smothered by the Department of Environment for about a decade now. Their Environmental person should be in on this too. Here’s the top 10 from FG:
- 1. Mandate the Department of Communications to undertake a comprehensive audit of all ducting under both public and private ownership throughout the country. Based on this audit, a detailed plan of where ducting, especially between the exchange and the cabinet but also at backhaul level, is most needed.
- 2. Enter negotiations with all private owners of ducting for the purposes of securing open access to infrastructure, in an effort to try to create a web of open-access ducting throughout the country.
- 3. Tender for private sector interest in managing all State-owned ducting and coordinate with the regulator on the opening of access to privately-owned ducting. The contract will also provide for the management of roll-out of new ducting where appropriate. Funding for this will be provided from the ICT budget within the NDP.
- 4. The State should support high-speed wireless connectivity to areas too remote to justify ducting and fibre connections.
- 5. Revise the terms of the contracts for provision of broadband to extremely remote areas under the National Broadband Scheme, to require that this connectivity be of a high-bandwidth.
- 6. Pass legislation to require ducting to be installed to the home in all new housing and apartment developments under new building standards regulations.
- 7. Pass legislation to require ducting to be laid as part of all new road developments and maintenance.
- 8. Ensure that all infrastructure relating to roll-out of next generation access â€“ at all parts of the network â€“ be subject to fast-track planning rules
- 9. Invite tenders for provision of wholesale high-bandwidth access to state bodies throughout the country, such as schools, third-level institutions, hospitals and departmental buildings.
- 10. The connection of Next Generation Access to all schools and educational in particular institutions needs immediate priority in government planning.
Can they just ask eircom and others?
Haha. Hah. That’s like entering negotiations with M50 Toll Bridge owners. Who’ll negotiate?
The regulator. Oh god. You live and die in telecoms by the regulator. Lots have died.
ComReg are in charge of spectrum. Look how they screwed that up. You want to subsidise ComReg mistakes? Look who got the only National Wireless Broadband licence and what they did with it.
Morons. How about scrap the most screwed up scheme ever. Did you read the Sunday Times this weekend, did you look at the NBS map which is a pack of lies about coverage? How about creating an honest map.
That’s been in Dept of Environment hell for years. Good luck with that. It is needed though.
Not going to happen. Join the slow queue of things that need to be fast-tracked. It’s not about time it’s about the insane costs and the differents rules and costs in each locality.
Think of the children! Why not connect every school to the MANs outside their doors and stop providing satellite to them?
It does seem FG forgot to read that last ComReg report that said Dublin and therefore Ireland is screwed but hell, bandy about terms like NGN and Fibre and you’ll sound smart.
Fine Gael show how clueless they are by saying the National Broadband Scheme will get Ireland 100% broadband. It will not. Had they looked at the scheme even quickly they could have seen this. The NBS will give maybe 10% of the country broadband, that still leaves 10-15% of people that were told go screw themselves.
The Governmentâ€™s National Broadband Scheme, which will start to come on stream in mid-2008, aims to provide basic broadband access for the 10-15% of the population living in remote areas. As a result, first-generation broadband availability should be at 100% within a few years at most.
Fine Gael needs to realise that people in the middleclass neighbourhoods that they prowl might be getting broadband, but a hell of a lot of people in poorer and more remote areas still won’t get ANY broadband. Why not consider them?
Even worse, users enjoy an average speed of only 3.011Mbps, third lowest of 35 OECD countries, with only Mexico and Turkey worse than us.
Fine Gael proposes prioritising the achievement of a â€œfibre to the cabinetâ€ (FTTC) or â€œfibre to the kerbâ€ (FTTK) network in as much of the country as possible as soon as possible. The connection from the kerb to the home will still be copper wire, but the fact that the entire network from the kerb back will be fibre will mean that speeds of up to 25Mbps can be achieved. Putting in place such a network will achieve the desired effect of a massive step-up in Irelandâ€™s broadband speeds in a realistic time-frame and without imposing an unacceptable burden on the public purse.
Read the ComReg report.