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Broadband: Choice of infrastructure

Broadband networks require different infrastructure types based on different logistic, economic or demographic conditions. Use the questions to help choose.

Guifi.Net: A citizen’s initiative to bring connectivity to rural Spain

When deciding on the appropriate first-mile (also called last-mile) infrastructure for a broadband network, the following questions should be answered:

  • What is the existing infrastructure available? Can it be upgraded to reach the Gigabit Society objectives for 2025?
  • Is the connection to the end-user upgradeable?
  • Is the owner of the existing infrastructure interested in collaboration?
  • What are the needs of the territory in terms of type and quality of service?
  • Does the infrastructure provide affordable services for the local population and businesses?
  • How is the sustainability of the infrastructure to be assessed?
  • Is there sufficient funding for future-proof infrastructure?
  • Are there users in remote or sparsely populated areas?
  • What are the plans for the longer-term upgrade of interim-solutions?


European Commission joins forces to help bringing more broadband in rural areas

The European Commission together with the Member States have set up Broadband Competence Offices to advise local and regional authorities on ways to develop broadband, and help citizens and businesses get better internet. At the same time the Commission presented a 5 point toolkit on how to bring better broadband in rural areas of the EU.

Winners of the European Broadband Awards 2017

European Broadband Awards 2017 winners were announced at the Award Ceremony on 20 November. The European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu and Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development, Phil Hogan awarded the five winners in Brussels. The five projects were selected in five categories focusing on innovative models of financing, cost reduction, territorial cohesion, socio-economic impact and competition. These projects are exemplary projects for the other regions and organisations planning broadband rollout.

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Broadband: Investment models

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Broadband: State aid

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