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Release date- 10072014 - Today the
All parties working at a local, regional and national level are invited to submit their concepts and plans for broadband deployment projects to the
Some current examples of best practice include:
Types of support on offer include:
Individual feedback: initial assessment of a local broadband plan to determine what support can be offered.
European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF): The EU has
State aid: The Commission has defined special rules to assist in the granting of state aid for broadband, in ways that do not harm competition. This has seen a significant increase in the amount of state aid offered by Member States in recent years. A handbook is now available to assist you in requesting legal state aid (IP/14/535).
Why do we need a Connected Communities initiative?
The Digital Agenda targets are: 100% of EU households have 30 Mbps broadband and 50% households subscribe to 100 Mbps or more, by 2020.
Investment in broadband networks is falling short and the current data shows that 64% of EU households have available 30 Mbps and only 3% have connections of 100 Mbps.
The high-speed broadband development is slow in particular in semi-urban and rural as well as economically disadvantaged areas. Only 18% of European rural households have access to high-speed broadband.
The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is an important source for broadband development in the EU. Another important source of broadband funding is the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).
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