The Minister for Communications has said people who live in remote areas of the country where high-speed broadband infrastructure has yet to reach have a right to feel aggrieved. 

In his first comments on the issue of broadband delivery since he was appointed to the Communications portfolio, Minister Alex White said a lot of new broadband infrastructure developments have been concentrated in places with high populations. 

He said his job now is to make sure the Government delivers for people in towns and communities.

He said delivery of the National Broadband Plan, for which he is now responsible, would be a really important priority in Government. 

Mr White said the private sector is doing a terrific job in rolling out broadband in areas where it is commercially viable. However, he said the state has a role to play too. 

He added that it wasn't possible to say that everything had happened as fast as the government would have liked it to.

However, he gave a commitment to rolling out the infrastructure, though he cautioned that it would take time to do it properly and to get all towns and villages into the National Broadband Plan.

Mr White was speaking in Cahersiveen at an Eircom event to mark the company's signing up of its one millionth fibre broadband customer.