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Consumer group calls for broadband overhaul

Published 23/09/2006

The broadband service in Ireland needs to be radically overhauled according to consumer support groups.

They're calling on the Government to deregulate the market and put an end to the Eircom monopoly on telephone, satellite and wireless connections.

The criticism comes in the wake of Communications Minister Noel Dempsey's statement that broadband roll-out is a success with 410 thousand subscribers.

However, the Consumer Association's Michael Kilcoyne said that it was unacceptable that only 30 percent of households have broadband access and maintained that the group wants to see rapid change.

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