From: "Niall O Broin" <niall at linux.ie>
> [Eircom] are of course still obliged under EU law to provide for
> local loop unbundling, which would allow competing operators to
> put their own ADSL kit in Eircom exchanges, and this must be
> implemented by January (2001, that is, and as you may have
> noticed, it hasn't happened).
According to Eircom, they have provided for it, but nobody has taken them
up on it (because they are charging too much for it!).
What's even worse is that the new Communications bill, that proposes to
give the ODTR the power to levy a percentage of total revenue against a
non-compliant operator (instead of the £5,000 fine that's currently in
place) isn't likely to be passed before the next election, because our TDs
"are too busy doing more important things".
(Of course, even if it was passed, it would probably still have to wait
for the Minister to get out of her bath, and sign an order to implement
it. And I wouldn't bet on Mrs O'Rourke doing anything of the sort).
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