The European Commission has released a broadband investment guide, which aims to help local, regional and national authorities to develop long-term development plans to bring fast internet to their communities. This is an update of the guide to broadband investment published in 2011, and developed by experts in the field with the contribution of the regions involved in the Engage Project (High Speed Broadband for Rural Europe) The handbook gives practical tips to support public authorities in the preparation of broadband investment projects, including those co-financed from the European Structural and Investment Funds and the Connecting Europe Facility.
European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes, in charge of the Digital Agenda stated: “This guide will help public authorities make the right choices and plan the right investments for their villages, towns and regions to go digital. State-of-the art broadband infrastructure will bring growth, jobs and new opportunities for all parts of Europe, in particular rural areas and other regions where there is not enough interest of private investors.
More detailed information available on Commission’s website.