Below is one of the winning ideas of the Digital Agenda Stakeholder Day. It will be developed by interested stakeholder groups and you can join their community of interest.
Create a case study for a rural municipality/town describing the process to achieve the roll out from design, to timing, to costing, finance and delivery. This area would normally be a non-viable commercial proposition for network operators.
The case study would be in template form with key variables identified for the relevant parties/elements in each of the 27 Member States.
In this way, a small rural areas could take the initiative to go for an NGA network themselves and then be guided how to achieve it.
Template - example
What coverage is currently available (might link with larger mapping exercise –EU Standardised). What is the area profile (population, density MDU/SDU etc.)
Survey for people needs (templates for country), Education materials (could be linked to broader Stakeholder groups)
The following parties can guide you on design and costing in country X. Previous examples of projects in your country are X.
What public funds might be available to (ERDF, ESF, TEN..). In country X funding is administered by this Department, contact details.
What other sources of funding, e.g. from EIB/National banks. How to make an application, who to contact.
Other elements, e.g. getting pre-commitments to sign-up, getting local participation.
Is there a State Aid issue? How to address it.
Network specifications considerations there are X, Y and Z the tendering processes etc.
Tony SHORTALL (TELAGE, Belgium)
Contact in the Commission:
Ken DUCATEL (European Commission, DG Information Society, Digital Agenda Policy Coordination, Belgium)