Access to fast and reliable broadband connections has become crucial for both consumers and businesses and is essential for future economic growth and job creation. In order to ensure that networks keep pace with rising demand for bandwidth and become a platform for innovation, the Digital Agenda for Europe sets ambitious broadband targets and requires EU Member States to implement equally ambitious national broadband plans which define a set of suitable measures to achieve these targets.

As part of the Digital Agenda governance and in order to support Member States' efforts, the Commission has now published a Staff Working Document. It summarises the current state of play in national broadband plans and fosters a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge on good practices between countries by assembling examples of national implementation measures.

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