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Thursday, 12 February 2009

1billion euros for rural and notspots in EU

As part of the EU economic recovery plan, it appears that 1billion euros is about to made available to help the 7% of EU people who still cannot get broadband (rising to 30% in rural areas) to get connected through European RDF, says Bernd Langerheim from the EU commissioner's office today.

This money is to be made available as soon as possible. And it is to be hoped that the money is spent on fibreing up rural areas, including in the UK, which should accelerate the need to look long and hard at that USO.

Much of the figures we have seen at the conference show that 2Mbps will simply not be enough by 2012, and that current usage as well as emerging applications such as superHDTV, 3DTV, panoramic video etc indicate that we should be looking at 10Mbps symmetrical as the first bar of connectivity by that time.

1 comment:

Cyberdoyle said...

I hope someone keeps an eye on the money, it will be interesting to see if any of it appears to help the rural areas...
...aye it will. (be interesting)