• 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.

    • 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 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.

    • Broadband mapping for effective investment and project planning
      Still image from video showing a broadband mapping application. Above is a banner with the title: Broadband mapping for effective investment and project planning.
      Video16 November 2018

      Broadband mapping is essential for identifying where there is a need for investment in broadband infrastructure, and for making informed decisions about State aid. In this video, Johannes Weicksel, from the German regional Broadband Competence Office (BCO) for Berlin, underlines the importance of mapping broadband coverage in the EU for reaching the Digital Agenda targets; and Hans Teglhus Møller, from BCO Denmark, and Erwin Grabler, from BCO Austria, explain the mapping tools of their respective BCOs.

    • Finland’s public bodies work together to bring broadband to all citizens
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      Video16 November 2018

      In order to tackle the challenges of connecting its widely dispersed population, Finland’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Agency for Rural Affairs, and Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority have come together to form the Finnish national Broadband Competence Office (BCO). The BCO also provides guidance for citizens, operators and broadband project promoters on good practices, State aid rules, funding and more.

    • The Connecting Europe Broadband Fund
      Photo of the European Investment Bank
      Video12 October 2018

      The purpose of the Connecting Europe Broadband Fund (CEBF) is to contribute to the achievement of the European Gigabit Society objectives. It aims to raise €500 million for broadband investment by 2020 and is expected to unlock total investments of €1-1.7 billion. Its public investors include the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Commission. This page lists the eligibility criteria to access the fund. At the bottom, the video describes the funding instruments, the ticket size per investment, and the types of eligible projects.

    • Boosting the competitiveness of EU regions by supporting broadband roll-out
      Video4 October 2018

      Being connected via reliable high-speed broadband is essential for citizens, businesses and regions to stay competitive across the EU. Ensuring “nobody in the EU is left behind” is the essence of “territorial cohesion”, for which European Commission Directorate-General for Regional & Urban Policy (DG REGIO) is responsible. In this video, Rudolf Niessler, Director for Smart and Sustainable Growth & Southern Europe, and Marco Pino, Policy Analyst for Smart & Sustainable Growth, explain the actions being taken by DG REGIO to support broadband roll-out and help equip all EU regions for the future.