The purpose of the initiative is to help ensure that all EU citizens have access to high-speed broadband, in order to allow everyone to benefit equally from the opportunities connectivity brings, for health, education, business and more.
The BCO Network’s role is to support European Broadband Competence Offices (BCOs) in making this happen. BCOs are the national and regional public authorities supporting broadband deployment across the EU.
It does this through an annual programme, based on members’ needs, that brings together BCOs, experts and European Commission representatives to train and exchange knowledge, good practices and experiences in overcoming common challenges.
A dedicated Support Facility plans and animates the Network’s activities on an annual basis in coordination with the Directorates-General for Agriculture and Rural Development; Communications Networks, Content and Technology; Regional and Urban Policy; and Competition. The Support Facility offers:
- training and network events and thematic groups meetings
- online discussion groups and training materials
- videos interviews and publications on broadband good practices, policy, funding and more
Read about the programme and activities of the BCO Network in 2019: