The Communications (Regulation) Bill, 2002 goes before the Dail tomorrow. It
has to be passed by 6.15pm or it will be binned. As we speak, IBEC, Eircom
and Vodafone are lobbying to get percentage-of-revenue fines - the only item
of substance remaining - removed from the Bill. At the same time,
IrelandOffline is lobbying to have an amendment allowing for mandated
services introduced; and against the other amendment.
If you believe that telecommunications operators should be fined amounts
that are directly related to their earnings if they break the law, and/or
you believe that a flat-rate product is essential to the progression of
Ireland as a connected state, you should write to your local representatives
and tell them this. But there isn't much time to do so. You need to do it
now. Right now.
The email I wrote to my TD's in Cork South Central is on the Boards.ie
thread below, about a dozen posts down (dahamsta): you can use it if you
wish; amend it if you believe it too harsh; or better, write your own.
Instructions on how to find your TD's email address are in the post above
mine (by SkepticOne):
Some of the email addresses won't work, which is a perfect example of the
level of understanding and caring the people you put into power have for
comms, net and tech issues. Unless something is done, this will not change.
They won't do it on their own, they need a push. We have to be the ones to
Thank you for your time.
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