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Communication: Bridging the Broadband Gap - COM(2006)129

21 March 2006

The access to high speed internet through "broadband" connections is opening up huge possibilities and constitutes concrete evidence of the promises of the "information society". The benefits of broadband are such that the inability to have access to it is an issue which should be addressed urgently. This Communication focuses on the territorial divide regarding broadband access.

The lack of access to broadband connections constitutes an aspect of the more general problem usually referred to as the “digital divide”, which describes the gap between individuals, businesses and territories in terms of opportunities to access and use ICTs.

This Communication focuses on the territorial divide regarding broadband access. It aims to make governments and institutions at all levels aware of the importance of this divide and of the concerns about the lack of adequate broadband services in the less developed areas of the Union.

The Communication implements one of the priorities of the i2010 initiative – a European Initiative for growth and employment. It can be downloaded in:

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See also: i2010 > Digital Divide Forum