Project of the Week: Ardèche Drôme Numérique - Expanding broadband internet in the Rhône-Alpes
The Ardèche Drôme Numérique (ADN) project, which benefits from a EU financing of EUR 14 000 000 for a total cost of EUR 123 000 000 EUR for the programming period 2007-2013, stemmed from the need to combat internet access discrimination, particularly in less densely populated areas where profits are lower for service providers. Such areas often have little or no access to internet services or have to pay much higher costs for access.
The ADN project is helping to promote the creation and growth of businesses in the knowledge economy field and supports long-term job creation. Broadband also permits the introduction of new organisational approaches such as teleworking from home, which offers businesses and employees added flexibility and options.
The ADN project is finally making a significant contribution to territorial and social cohesion in the region, providing greater access for those living or working in isolated areas to new services, notably health, culture, education, training, security, public services and social networking.
The ADN project has helped has helped build 2 000 km of fibre optic cable infrastructure allowing 360 000 homes and 96 % of people in the Ardèche and Drôme départements to connect to broadband internet. It also helped 2000 enterprises and 212 areas of economic activities to connect to fibre optic cable infrastructure.
Behind this project is the ADN Joint Syndicate, made up of the Ardèche General Council and the Drôme General Council, with support from the Rhône-Alpes Region and the European Union.
‘Being wired to high speed Internet will make the Ardèche and Drôme départements more attractive for businesses by offering a more innovative and competitive business environment. The new infrastructure provides high-quality Internet services, access to general online services, and better public services for all’. Bernard Soulage, Vice-President Europe and International Relations at the Rhône-Alpes Region’s general delegation in Brussels.
More information on the Ardèche Drôme Numérique (ADN) project:
- Website of the Préfecture of the Région (managing authority)