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A rise in the price of line rentals would be enough to dissuade three-quarters of Ireland's residents from investing in broadband, new research has revealed.

According to figures from a study conducted by Irish broadband provider Digiweb, a quarter of respondents also said they were unaware that it is possible to use broadband without a landline.

Emma O'Hare, a spokesperson for the company, said: "There is clearly reluctance among Irish consumers to pay additional line rental charges especially ... they should be aware that broadband can be delivered over a number of platforms and paying line rental is often unnecessary just to get access to broadband and phone services."

Ms O' Hare cited the fact that Irish residents already pay the highest landline rental rates in Europe as a contributory factor to the survey's findings.

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