Dáil Éireann - Volume 664 - 22 October, 2008
Written Answers. - Telecommunications Services.
Deputy Simon Coveney Deputy Simon Coveney
Deputy Simon Coveney asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the timescale for the conclusion of the tendering process for the national broadband scheme; the estimated roll-out time for broadband services to all areas of the country under the national broadband scheme; the estimated cost of the national broadband scheme in 2009; the areas that will be covered by the scheme; if he will confirm that all areas not currently provided with a broadband service will be covered by the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36340/08]
Deputy Emmet Stagg Deputy Emmet Stagg
Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he will proceed with the national rural broadband scheme; when he will announce  the competition for same; the funding available in 2009, 2010 and 2011 for same; and when the notification of the winner of the competition will be announced.. [36346/08]
Deputy Eamon Ryan Deputy Eamon Ryan
Deputy Eamon Ryan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 195 and 197 together.
My Department has reached the evaluation stage of the National Broadband Scheme (NBS) procurement process. The evaluation of bids is scheduled for completion shortly and the contract is expected to be signed next month. In order to protect the integrity of the procurement process, the financial information relating to the Scheme will not be disclosed at this stage.
Subject to agreement with the chosen service provider, rollout of services is expected to begin shortly after the contract is signed. The chosen service provider will be required to complete the roll out of services within 22 months of the contract award. All requests for a broadband service in the areas to be addressed by the NBS will be met.
Dáil Éireann 664 Written Answers. Telecommunications Services.