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What we know (so far)…

Is the NBP now dead? Today we discuss a project which is shrouded in secrecy and now a political controversy about the suitability of a Minister having private chats with the remaining bidder for the NBP has erupted, the big imponderable question is “where next”? Here’s a short recap on what we know so far, a more detailed document is available here and is available as a separate post on our website Secrecy The freedom of information process is fundamentally flawed, questions are often met with open hostility and sometimes even threats of litigation for allegedly making “vexatious and frivolous...

Latest NBP blunder

IrelandOffline received yesterday’s news with some dismay Eamonn Wallace, chair of IrelandOffline noted: “It seems Minister Naughten, having talked the talk of machismo, has now capitulated to legal threats from Eircom. There maybe a different spin on it of course, but a plan that was put together by better minds than his has now been seriously compromised. The short of it is that Eircom has laid claim to the most lucrative parts of the NBP intervention area, leaving behind a thinly scattered mess of one-off houses. It is doubtful if what remains is viable even at an operating level; meaning...

National Broadband plan

So after an enormously long wait and endless delays (2 years of work) the Department of Communications have finally delivered, we’ll resist the temptation to voice our initial reactions to this opus but anyway here is the map: http://broadband.gov.ie/ Here is the rationale and methodology behind this all: http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/NR/rdonlyres/DA48DCDA-A8D1-47BC-B91E-CE12B6DAB8E1/0/NBP_Mapping_Consultation2.pdf We’ll issue a Press Release as soon as our analysts have concluded their studies of these documents. If you have any comments or observations please feel free to contact us.

Hi ho Comreg to the rescue!

IrelandOffline cautiously welcomes (yet another) leaked announcement by ComReg of their intention to measure the performance of mobile operators around Ireland, we would like to take this opportunity to point out :   This is the actual job of the regulator and yet here we are seemingly in shock when the regulator sets out to do what it is actually supposed to be doing. They should be more concerned with enforcing the current licence conditions rather than announcing a future intention to do “something”.   Now that the government NBS scheme is over, Comreg announce they will now “test” the...

Missing you already

IrelandOffline would like to take this opportunity to express its disappointment at the removal of Minister Rabbitte from the Department of Communications. Initially we were skeptical, as when Minister Rabbitte took over it seemed like business as usual, recycling old Press releases and statements, however the Minister seemed to get to grips with the position after a time. This is unusual as most Ministers in a difficult technical area like communications do not seem to comprehend even the basics. However Minister Rabbitte DID get to grips with many of the issues (but not all) Minister Rabbitte achieved two important transformations...