EU Commission needs you!!

Commission opens public consultation on how to reduce the cost of rolling out high speed internet

PRESS RELEASE DG INFSO

(27 April 2012) High-speed Internet underpins all sectors of the economy and will be the backbone of the Digital Single Market. For every 10% increase in the broadband penetration the economy grows by 1 to 1.5%. In this context the European Commission is seeking views on how to cut the costs of setting up new networks for high speed internet in the EU. In particular, the Commission wants to explore how to reduce the costs associated with civil engineering, such as the digging up of roads to lay down fibre, and which can account for as much as 80% of the total cost. The Commission believes it could cut the cost of broadband investments by a quarter. Input is sought from all interested public and private parties including telecoms and utility companies for instance, investors, public authorities and consumers.

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One response to “EU Commission needs you!!

  1. Please leave comments here and if you tweet them please use the hashtag #da12bb and then we can collect them for evidence at the workshops. Groups such as B4RN are getting together to lay their own fibre networks in rural areas. Is this what we should be encouraging or should the state pay to get high speed broadband to everyone? More on the workshop blog here: http://daa.ec.europa.eu/group/2/content – please comment on any of the posts, or submit your own post. Europe is listening, now is the time to have your say.

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