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Broadband Competence Offices (BCOs) Network

The European Broadband Competence Offices Network supports EU countries in reaching the Gigabit society objectives and rolling out broadband.

Learn more about the BCO network

The European BCO Network brings together EU Member States’ national and regional public authorities in charge of broadband deployment to exchange knowledge and good practices with peers, experts and European Commission representatives, building their capacity to bring reliable, high-speed broadband connectivity to all EU citizens.

The purpose of the initiative is to help ensure that all EU citizens have access to high-speed broadband, in order to allow everyone to benefit equally from the opportunities connectivity brings, for health, education, business and more.

Contact the BCO Network Support Facility to enquire about joining the BCO Network. Participate in the discussions in the BCO forum.

The role of the BCO Network

The BCO Network’s role is to support European Broadband Competence Offices (BCOs) in making this happen. BCOs are the national and regional public authorities supporting broadband deployment across the EU.

It does this through an annual programme, based on members’ needs, that brings together BCOs, experts and European Commission representatives to train and exchange knowledge, good practices and experiences in overcoming common challenges. Read more about the programme in the 2020 Activity Report and the 2021 Annual Work Plan Summary.

Latest news

Harnessing innovation to unlock the potential of rural and remote areas

Digitalisation has enormous potential to transform life and opportunities in rural and remote areas. Our recent experience has proven that digitalisation can bridge physical distances to bring opportunities and services to us no matter where we live – so long as we have good digital connectivity. Yet, paradoxically, the exponential role of digital connectivity, services and skills over the past couple of decades has exacerbated rural-urban disparities, where it should have healed them.

Introducing the Path to the Digital Decade

“It is really important that we make sure that everybody has the opportunity to be part of the digital society because, to a certain extent, it is the society into which we have moved” states Rita Wezenbeek, Director of Connectivity within the Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, in this short video.

HofladenBOX: Bavaria’s award-winning digital platform boosts rural business with EU funds

2021 Rural Inspiration Awards Winner, HofladenBOX digital platform’s online marketplace connects small local producers with customers to boost rural business in Fürth district, Bavaria. “We wanted to change the way we purchase our food” explains Mareike Schalk, who founded HofladenBOX with Birgit Wegner using EU LEADER funds. Creating a local market reduces costs and emissions, and supports the development of this rural area with jobs and improved services. Connectivity is essential for HofladenBOX: “To keep rural areas attractive, it is important to have the same connectivity as in cities.”

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