Damien Mulley is fuming with Comreg et al. Despite being the second richest country in the world in terms of GDP, domestic broadband penetration in the Republic is scraping just above the ground at 8%. The average amongst new member EU countries is 12%. Slugger also hears that the new Danish owners of Northern Bank offered its employees a deal in which they provided laptops and a free domestic broadband connection for a year, but were dismayed when large numbers of their staff in the Republic reported the deal was no good them, since there was no broadband connection to be had in their area.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty