• Bavaria receives first State aid approval for gigabit connectivity investment in grey areas
      View of town rooftops in Bavaria. Title text overlay reads: “Step change” State aid project brings gigabit connectivity to Bavaria. Left panel features BCO Network icon.
      News article25 April 2019

      For the first time, the European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a project to invest in very high capacity broadband networks in six Bavarian municipalities already supplied with 30 Mbps connectivity. “It was important to the Commission that the support should lead to a ‘step change’ in connectivity - a substantial improvement in the bandwidths available after the expansion - but also that private investment should not be prevented or devalued”, explains Albert Füracker, Bavarian State Minister of Finance and Regional Identity.

    • Digital revolution and the Common Agricultural Policy
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      Video8 April 2019

      “We are on the brink of a digital revolution. The question now is how we can adapt the CAP to this technological change.” In this video interview, Mario Milouchev, Director of rural development programmes 1 and pre-accession assistance in the Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, explains the measures being taken by the EU, including funding for rural connectivity and development; research and innovation; and digitising and transforming European industry and services.

    • EU support for Smart Villages
      Evening scene of a town with people crossing a bridge. Title text overlay reads: "EU support for Smart Villages". Vertical banner to the left reads: "BCO Network".
      Video8 April 2019

      The Smart Villages concept is about improving economic performance and quality of life in rural areas, potentially via digital and other technologies. Smart village inhabitants gain access to knowledge, markets, social and cultural services, technologies and infrastructure that are usually only accessible to urban residents. In this video, Mario Milouchev, Director of rural development programmes 1 and pre-accession assistance in the Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, explains the opportunities for rural areas, and highlights key EU projects connected to Smart Villages.

    • Apply for the European Broadband Awards 2019!
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      News article27 March 2019

      Are you involved in a project on very high-capacity networks, infrastructure or applications? Has your project been at least 65% completed? Would you like to see your project recognised at a European level? Then don't miss the chance to apply for the 2019 European Broadband Awards! Big or small, rural or urban, private or public, you might be the next winner in one of the five categories. The winners will be announced in December 2019 and showcased across Europe in European Commission and very high-capacity network events. Deadline for application is 28 June 2019.

    • Mobile broadband prices went down in Europe in 2018
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      Digibyte25 February 2019

      The results of the new study show that the mobile broadband prices were going down in 2018 in the EU countries.

    • Improving rural connectivity
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      News article19 February 2019

      To improve rural connectivity, greater collaboration is needed between rural development networks and the European Broadband Competence Offices (BCO) Network. A priority of the BCO Network is supporting rural broadband deployment, but too often, BCOs and rural broadband project promoters are unaware of one another. Choices made in the early phase of a project, however, have important consequences, such as technology choice on funding eligibility. Such advice is a core function of BCOs. BCO and project promoter partnerships are therefore key to building more successful rural broadband networks.

    • Update of the European Guide to Broadband Investment: call for feedback and for participation in consultation
      The European Guide to Broadband Investment
      News article30 January 2019

      Have your say regarding the revision of the Guide to Broadband Investment. The European Commission has just initiated the work to update the Guide: you can provide feedback on the current version of the guide an participate in pre-publication consultation on the updated version. The current broadband investment guide dates back to 2014 and is available in 22 languages. It helps local, regional and national authorities to develop long-term development plans to bring fast internet to their communities. It also gives practical tips to public authorities for the preparation of investment projects.

    • The BCO Network in 2019: Annual Work Plan Summary
      BCO Network - Annual Work Plan Summary 2019
      News article30 January 2019

      The Support Facility for the European Broadband Competence Offices (BCOs) Network offers support and training for BCOs through an annual programme of knowledge exchange and capacity-building. The Annual Work Plan Summary gives an outline of the objectives and activities planned for 2019. The programme will include events, publications and video interviews dedicated to increasing the capacity of European BCOs to bring broadband connectivity to all citizens, with an emphasis on bridging the digital gap between urban and rural areas and reaching the Gigabit Society objectives.

    • Good practice: Michaelston-y-Fedw Internet Community Interest Company | UK
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      News article6 December 2018

      “Michaelston-y-Fedw Internet Community Interest Company” is one of the five winners of the European Broadband Awards 2018. The project gained start-up capital from the local community and provides 1 Gbps broadband to a small region. Any profits generated by the broadband services are reinvested. This project is an excellent example in its pursuit of future-proof technology solutions.

    • The Danish national Broadband Competence Office
      Still image from video depicting BCO Denmark's broadband mapping. Above is a banner with the title: The Danish national Broadband Competence Office.
      News article4 December 2018

      In this video, Rikke Rosenmejer introduces the national Broadband Competence Office (BCO) of Denmark: the Danish Energy Agency’s Centre for Telecommunications. BCO Denmark’s functions include mapping mobile and broadband coverage, providing guidance and information on technologies, and running training sessions for municipalities and regions. A key task of the BCO is the development and implementation of State aid measures in Denmark, to support reaching the national and EU 2020 connectivity targets. The BCO’s broadband fund offers financial support to local demand-based projects.