Former monopoly operator eir has been given a boost in its bid to secure Ireland’s national broadband rollout plan, after the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) confirmed its backing for the telco’s bid, which is designed to provide nearly a million business premises and homes with broadband via a mixture of public and private investment. Although eir faces competition from the likes of Enet and Siro, a joint venture involving utility firm ESB and Vodafone, the IFA has gone on record as saying that the incumbent has already demonstrated its commitment to rural Ireland and has a proven track record in this area. IFA President Joe Healy said: ‘eir is extending its network where our members live and earn their living, as well as bidding for the National Broadband Plan.’ More than 80,000 farms in Ireland are understood to be located in broadband blackspots.
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