Dáil Éireann - Volume 674 - 10 February, 2009
Written Answers. - Telecommunications Services.
Deputy Eamon Gilmore Deputy Eamon Gilmore
 Deputy Eamon Gilmore asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the expected publication date of the draft policy paper on next generation broadband networks; if he will implement the value for money and policy review of phase one of the MANs programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4537/09]
Deputy Joan Burton Deputy Joan Burton
Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the position regarding the publication of a report into the recommendations of the International Broadband Advisory Forum; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4562/09]
Deputy Eamon Ryan Deputy Eamon Ryan
Deputy Eamon Ryan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 107 and 125 together.
In July 2008 I launched a consultation paper on Next Generation Broadband. This paper, which took account of the recommendations of the International Broadband Advisory Forum, contained proposed policy actions in relation to optimal use of State assets, fibre connections to second level schools and new premises, strong regulation and innovative spectrum licensing, government investment, demand stimulation and evidence based research.
The consultation period closed in October and my officials have examined the written submissions received and the contributions made at a one day consultation forum that I hosted on 30th September 2008.
I intend to publish a finalised report shortly having regard to the contributions we have received.
The findings and recommendations of the Value for Money and Policy Review of Phase I of the Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) Programme will be fully taken account of in the implementation of Phase II of the MANs Programme and in the event that it is decided to invest in further phases of the MANs Programme.
Question No. 108 answered with Question No. 87.
Dáil Éireann 674 Written Answers. Telecommunications Services.