Broadband Competence Offices (BCOs) are State-designated national and regional authorities responsible for providing information and support on broadband planning, investment and deployment in their areas.
The BCO Network Support Facility connects European BCOs in a network in order to promote knowledge-exchange, overcome broadband project hurdles and build capacity in the areas of funding, planning and policy.
The BCO Network Support Facility provides an annual programme of activities and resources related to these key areas. The programme includes thematic groups and field trips, training and networking events, training materials, publications and video interviews on policy, good practices and broadband-related topics.
To have a short overview of the mission of BCO-SF and its planned activities you can access the various documents and media available:
- The BCO Network Support Facility Activity Report 2017
- An overview of EU funding for broadband
- The 2017 BCO Network programme
- How to set up a BCO
- The BCO Network Support Facility video interviews on good practices in broadband projects, policy, and broadband-related topics
- Introducing the Broadband Competence Offices Support Facility (BCO-SF)
- What is a Broadband Competence Office (BCO)?
2017 training events
- Broadband and infrastructure mapping, the impact and effectiveness of the Cost Reduction Directive, and the WIFI4EU initiative – 15-16 May, Brussels, Belgium
- State aid – 28 June, Brussels, Belgium
- Blended finance – 19 September, Paris, France
- Technology neutrality – 19 October, Madrid, Spain
Launched in January 2017, the project was initially conceived in November 2015 by the Commissioners for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, Regional Policy, Corina Crețu, and Budget and Human Resources (former Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society), Günther H. Oettinger.
Member States were invited to designate Broadband Competence Offices on a voluntary basis to become part of this network. Established at national and regional level, these BCOs would operate as a single point of contact for legal, technical or financial issues related to broadband.
The BCO Network Support Facility works closely with the Directorates General for:
- Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI)
- Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT)
- Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO)
- Competition (DG COMP)
The BCO Network and Support Facility's official launch event took place during the 2017 Broadband Days.
- Interactive Digital Agenda Scoreboard – visually compare key indicators and countries
- The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)
- European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Open Data Platform
- The European Investment Project Portal (EIPP)
- The Connecting Europe Broadband Fund (CEBF)