Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

Action 47: Member States to facilitate broadband investment

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Member States should take measures, including legal provisions, to facilitate broadband investment. The measures should ensure the availability of spectrum resources. They should also make sure that civil engineering works systematically involve potential investors, clear rights of way, map available passive infrastructure suitable for cabling and upgrade in-building wiring.
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The action aims at Member States to take measures, including legal provisions, to facilitate broadband investment. The measures should ensure the availability of spectrum resources. They should also make sure that civil engineering works systematically involve potential investors, clear rights of way, map available passive infrastructure suitable for cabling and upgrade in-building wiring.

The Commission aims to seek support of the Member States for the adoption of legislation in the pipeline and seek effective and harmonised implementation of the adopted measures. This action is followed up by action 112 and action 118.

What is the problem? Poor coordination increases the cost of broadband deployment

Today, high cost is the main obstacle to the speedy roll-out of fibre optic networks. Civil engineering costs represent 80% of the total expense to deploy new fixed infrastructures. These costs, along with heavy administrative burdens, could be significantly reduced through proper coordination by national and local authorities.

Why is EU action required? To ensure better coordination

A coordinated approach will help the EU to achieve a full coverage of high-speed internet connection.

Exchange of good practices and develop an EU methodology on the mapping of broadband and infrastructures.

What are the Commission's plans?

To seek support of the Member States for the adoption of legislation in the pipeline and seek effective and harmonised implementation of the adopted measures.

Progress Report
Status: On track Anna Krzyzanowska Contact
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