Eir is poised to quit the National Broadband Plan, the state-subsidised rural broadband rollout that promises to connect 540,000 households and businesses.
The move will come as a huge blow to the government’s plans on getting high-speed internet to non-urban areas.
It leaves just one remaining company, Enet, in the bidding for the state contract.
This could mean a much more expensive deal for taxpayers or the abandonment of the process altogether.
A spokesman for Eir said that he had no comment on the issue, but that the company would clarify its position shortly.
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