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Rising to the rural connectivity challenge

As the world grows ever more digitally dependent, so do we. More and more of life’s necessary activities have moved online, and those of us with a slow, unreliable or even no connection, are at a rapidly growing disadvantage.

EUR 36 million EU funding available to connect Europe digitally

The 2020-2 Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom call for proposals is now open, making €36 million available to stimulate and support the deployment of European Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs) in eight areas. CEF Telecom funding supports projects of common interest that improve the daily life of citizens, businesses and public administrations and contribute to the development of a Digital Single Market by deploying European digital infrastructures across the EU. In 2020, CEF Telecom will provide over €67 million in funding through grants for European Digital Service Infrastructures.

The Broadband Handbook: ‘Facing the challenges of broadband deployment in rural and remote areas’

This is a handbook for rural policy makers and broadband project managers who wish to roll-out high-speed networks in rural or remote territories, effectively and efficiently. It aims to help these areas overcome the digital divide affecting their citizens, communities and economic activities, by taking a closer look at the success factors and good practices demonstrated by 12 rural broadband project case studies.