Government promotes new broadband pricing website


10 Feb 2004

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Communications Minister Dermot Ahern TD has gone a step further in his crusade to get better telecom prices for Irish consumers and businesses by publishing a new website that provides a complete listing of broadband prices.

Located at www.broadband.gov.ie, Ahern said the site is directed at helping ordinary consumers and small businesses to purchase the most cost effective broadband in their locality.

By keying in their address, the public and the business community can find out what broadband services are available locally and compare prices on offer.

The public can also check on broadband delivery by DSL, cable-modem, fixed wireless or satellite. There is information on over 800 localities covering every county in Ireland, towns and villages.

The website also offers a barometer for future demand. People can vote for broadband in their area, supplying would-be service providers with a clear indication of demand.

Minister Ahern said: “This is a consumer product. It is a one-stop shop for broadband buyers, offering details on suppliers and prices. This website will help consumers to find out what are the different types of broadband services, to see who is providing a broadband service in their locality, and to compare the costs of the different products on the market.”

By John Kennedy