Minister mulls new legislation to boost broadband

8 Mar 2006

Ireland’s Minister of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Noel Dempsey plans to introduce new legislation to increase the enforcement powers of telecoms regulator ComReg, in a bid to boost broadband take-up rates. The Minister’s comments were in reaction to a stinging report from the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Communications, Marine and Natural Resources which criticised the government for a lack of action on broadband infrastructure. The committee also accused it of ‘inaction’ on implementing recommendations made by the committee in its second report published in March 2004, claiming progress since then had been ‘almost non-existent’.