The European Broadband Competence Offices (BCOs) Network connects national and regional authorities supporting broadband deployment across the EU. BCOs provide legal, technical and financial guidance to project promoters and policy makers to support stakeholders in their country or region in accelerating broadband roll-out.

Broadband Competence Offices Network

Broadband for everyone in Europe

The BCO Network supports the achievement of the 2020 Digital Single Market goals and the 2025 Gigabit Society objectives.

The overall goal is to ensure that all EU citizens, even in rural and remote areas, have high-speed broadband access, allowing everyone to benefit equally from all the opportunities available online – such as education, health, government services, and business.

The BCO Network is expected to play an important role in broadband development in rural and remote areas, as a key part of the Rural Broadband Action Plan. Collaboration with other EU initiatives, such as the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD), the European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH) and the European Innovation Partnership (EIP-AGRI), is also encouraged.

Broadband Competence Offices (BCOs)

A BCO is a public/publicly-appointed entity that should be able to inform citizens and businesses about broadband developments/deployments in the country/region. BCOs also provide technical support (regulatory, investment models, procurement, technology, etc) to local and regional authorities about means to support the deployment of broadband networks, including ways to invest effectively in broadband projects with the support of European regional and agricultural funds (ERDF and EAFRD), in combination with financial instruments where possible, and including information on State aid rules and procedures.

The functions of Broadband Competence Offices

The functions of a Broadband Competence Office include:

  • Enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of broadband investments;
  • Underpinning the implementation of the Digital Single Market by accelerating public investment in broadband, including through the ERDF and EAFRD;
  • Providing advice and assistance to citizens and businesses about broadband deployment (mapping coverage, quality of service and penetration, future investment plans, etc.);
  • Supporting the expertise/administrative capacity of public authorities in the planning, implementation and monitoring of broadband projects;
  • Helping in the coordination with relevant EU entities: EIAH, Jaspers, DG REGIO, DG AGRI, DG COMP, DG CNECT;
  • Promoting the use of financial instruments;
  • Supporting the aggregation of demand for high-speed broadband.

Read the Questions and Answers to find out more about:

  • Who can be supported by a BCO;
  • Contacting a specific BCO;
  • How BCOs are established;
  • Joining the BCO Network;
  • Training and support for BCOs.

The BCO Network forum

Members of the BCO Network engage in discussions and access training materials and news about upcoming events through the BCO Network forum.

Broadband Competence Offices (BCOs) who are already members can log in to the BCO Network forum here:

Log in to the BCO Network forum on Futurium 

BCOs who are not yet members of the forum can contact the BCO Network Support Facility to enquire about gaining access.

Contact the BCO Network Support Facility

Address: Rue Archimède 5, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Telephone number: +32 (0)2 282 0918

Email the BCO Network Support Facility

21 December 2015
Last update: 
9 March 2018
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