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Commission approves EUR 149.4 million of regional funds for major broadband projects in Eastern Poland

(18 April 2013)

Commission approves EUR 149.4 million of regional funds for major broadband projects in Eastern Poland

The European Commission has today approved an investment of €149.4 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) out of a total investment of €187.3 million to develop 6,100 km broadband infrastructure in three regions of Eastern Poland Podlaskie, Podkarpackie and Warminsko-Mazurskie. Nearly half a million people will benefit from broadband access.

The projects involve the distribution of broadband infrastructure and the construction of a fibre-based regional backbones in order to provide open and non-discriminatory access to providers of internet services and help to eliminate the digital divide in less developed regions in Poland currently deprived of basic broadband services. The investments directly contribute to reaching the objectives of the ‘Digital Agenda for Europe’ in terms of basic broadband access and Next Generation Access (NGA) services and open door to the digital economy in these regions. 1668 jobs are expected to be created due to the implementation of the projects.

Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said “Projects like these serve to create better framework conditions for businesses and citizens and allow the less developed Polish regions to seize the opportunities offered by the digital economy. This is a perfect example of how Cohesion Policy can directly contribute to meeting the goals of the EU’s growth agenda, ‘Europe 2020’ and assist regions in their economic development. These are the kind of investments we want to see more of in the future. ”

 

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