Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

Study on the development of the Information Society in EU rural development and regional policies (SMART 2007/0029)

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Second generation digital divide risks increasing the development gap between EU regions, says EC study. Differences in income, education, and lack of ICT skills, employment status, and a cultural context alien to innovation are actively preventing regions to close the development gap with other regions. Gaps are also evident in access, higher costs, lower speeds, poor quality and reliability of ICT services, lower internet use, less broadband take up, less PC penetration and poor digital literacy. The study calls for a much more central role of for local and regional authorities in the roll out of Next Generation Networks to avoid second generation digital divide.
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