A local TD has called on the government to work with wireless broadband providers to reuse equipment that will be removed from homes when connected to the new fiber cable under the National Broadband Plan.
Denis Naughten TD said that as National Broadband Ireland brings fiber broadband to rural homes, families will forgo their existing wireless services.
He said this now presents an opportunity to improve the quality of wireless broadband services for families further down the list of deployment areas, by reusing this equipment.
“For this to happen, councils and state agencies must provide sites for these wireless operators so that they can install transmitters to distribute wireless broadband service,” Roscommon-Galway TD said.
“Because these wireless service extensions will have a short lifespan, until the end of 2027, when it is now likely that the national broadband plan will be completed, these sites should be provided free of charge by councils and state agencies.”
Naughten added that while disappointingly National Broadband Ireland is likely to see a slide with its final delivery date pushed back to 2027, the silver lining of the scheme is that almost a third of families who can connect to the network do so during the first six months of its availability.
“This rapid sign-up for a fiber optic connection provides an opportunity for re-use of existing wireless equipment and the government must now engage with wireless operators to make this happen.”