CALL FOR CHEAPER INTERNET.
COMMUNICATIONS Minister Dermot Ahern, inset, yesterday acted to speed up the delivery of cheaper broadband Internet.
He instigated an investigation into the establishment of less-expensive access points to local telephone exchanges.
Mr Ahern made the announcement at the Global Leaders Forum in Rome, declaring: "In a telecoms market without real cross-platform competition, and where local loop unbundling has not sufficiently delivered, I am prepared to step in to assist the market."
The minister welcomed recent moves by telecoms companies Eircom and Esat to cut connection fees for hi-tech broadband.