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The NBP as is currently proposed looks like a bad deal for the tax payers

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    Votes: 26 74.3%
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    Votes: 9 25.7%

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Sweet Darling

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We gave the socialist way of delivering our telecommunications a chance years ago.
The Department of Post and Telegraphs they called it. A bunch of government employed wasters. Seven year waiting list to get a poxy phone in the house. Which was good for communist work practices.
 

barrym

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I wouldn't disagree, but to be fair, and I was a long term victim of them, the P&T was starved of resources because nobody ever thought we needed a good phone service. After all, electricity wasn't finished installation until '48.

Admittedly, it was manned by a bunch of techies with sinecures.

It was not until 1970ish that we installed the first computer managed exchange.

It wasn't socialism, it was the 'norm' that public services were state controlled. Remember, socialism was a communist plot, as described by the church. But then all the pp's and bishops had a phone. ;)
 

ON THE ONE ROAD

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We gave the socialist way of delivering our telecommunications a chance years ago.
The Department of Post and Telegraphs they called it. A bunch of government employed wasters. Seven year waiting list to get a poxy phone in the house. Which was good for communist work practices.

it is economically more viable to wire up urban area's than rural areas be it fibre or copper. Private enterprise control of the telecommunications industry has left serious lopsided inadequacies in state wide infrastructure as the sector evolved.

That socialist method as long as it took got the land mass of the state wired up on the copper telephone system. If you notice, the old telecom Éireann polls (eir) travel along the road network, every road. Think about that. The amount of polls, the amount of ducts, the amount of wire rolled out.

That was an impressive build. One of the best in the history of the state. It was the second time it happened, ESB being the first. Different infrastructure network.

Since Telecom Éireann was privatized it has not been able to come close to repeacting the scale of that build. It hasn't even bothered, private companies don't think like that.

This is common around the world. Cities are wired up. Rural area's are lagging behind. Governments around the world are stepping in on rural boadband because private enterprise are failures on the task.

In rural ireland, most of the landmass of the state has been lagging behind every advancement in the last 30 years, so much so that when the NBP is complete some households will go from 3G masts and dial up to full fibre. That is how poor the infrastructure is out there, that is privatizations legacy.

The state learned with the ESB, they held on to the infrastructure. Stuff like that has strategic value.
 

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