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Broadband Competence Offices (BCOs) Network

The European Broadband Competence Offices (BCOs) Network is a European Commission initiative that supports EU countries in reaching the Gigabit society objectives and rolling out broadband.

The purpose of the initiative

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.

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.

Supporting BCOs and animating the Network

A dedicated Support Facility plans and animates the Network’s activities on an annual basis in coordination with the Directorates-General for Agriculture and Rural Development; Communications Networks, Content and Technology; Regional and Urban Policy; and Competition. The Support Facility offers:

  • training and network events and thematic groups meetings
  • online discussion groups and training materials
  • videos interviews and publications on broadband good practices, policy, funding and more

Latest news

WEBseries for Broadband Competence Offices - Season 5

This series of webinars will cover the Connecting Europe Facility Digital (CEF2 Digital) programme application process; green procurement; last mile connection policy and technology; 5G; and the Recovery and Resilience Facility in relation to connectivity.
Registration is open to all members of the European Broadband Competence Offices (BCOs) Network. The agenda will be made available to participants directly.

Connectivity challenges of Outermost Regions

This online workshop will discuss and posit solutions to the principal connectivity challenges of the EU's Outermost Regions, including sub-marine cables, the new standard for Very High-Capacity Networks (VHCN), and being heard in broadband programming discussions. Registration is open to all members of the European Broadband Competence Offices (BCOs) Network. The agenda will be made available to participants directly.

2021 Work Plan Summary of the European Broadband Competence Offices Network Support Facility

2021 is the final year of the first phase of the BCO Network: the European Commission initiative to support Member States to reach the connectivity targets and ensure high-speed broadband access for all citizens. The work plan for this year will seek to reinforce and expand the capacity of European BCOs to meet these objectives, while increasing recognition of their mandate within their national contexts, and strengthening their collaborative relationship with the European Commission.

WEBseries for Broadband Competence Offices - Season 4

This series of webinars will cover the Recovery and Resilience Fund, the European Regional Development Fund, the Connectivity Toolbox, 5G and the Connecting Europe Facility. Registration is open to all members of the European Broadband Competence Offices (BCOs) Network. The agenda will be made available to participants directly.

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