Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

Study SMART 2010/0033: The Socio-Economic Impact of Bandwidth

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The objective of the study is to provide an assessment of the socio-economic impact of very high speed internet. By "very high speed internet" we mean internet services with at least 30 Mbps download speed. The study should make reference to all technologies capable of providing such speeds now or in the future. When calculating the socio-economic impact, the study should elaborate in detail the deployment and operational costs of networks as well as the benefits to the people, the businesses and the economy as a whole. Economic as well as social factors should be evaluated. The study should develop various scenarios on the future development of internet services and quantify the impact of higher bandwidth for each scenario. The study should provide forecasts until 2020 and cover the EU27+4 (including Norway, Iceland, Croatia and Turkey).
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