The National Broadband Plan contract  looks set to be signed today.

The deal is to get approval from the cabinet after the EU ruled the contract complies with state aid rules.

Cabinet Ministers are meeting at the earlier time of 7.30 this morning to sign off on the National Broadband Plan contract.

Communications Minister Richard Bruton is expected to ask the government to approve the almost 3 billion euro plan to roll out broadband across Ireland.

It's likely the contracts will be signed with National Broadband Ireland this morning on the back of cabinet approval.

The project aims to roll out broadband to 540,000 homes, farms and businesses - providing high speed internet to around 1.1 million people.

The project hasn't been without controversy.

Delays and setbacks involved a number of firms pulling out of the bidding for the contract.

A number of opposition parties have also demanded that the broadband network should be publicly owned, as the state is investing three billion euro in the process.

That's likely to become a lot more difficult after the contracts are signed.

The broadband plan looks set to be a big part of Fine Gael's pitch to voters in the upcoming general election

 

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