• The BCO Network in 2018: Activity Report
      The BCO Network in 2018
      Brochure19 February 2019

      The 2018 Activity Report of the European Broadband Competence Offices (BCOs) Network presents the year’s knowledge-sharing and capacity-building programme under the objectives of: connecting, sharing knowledge and building capacity; growing at regional level; and strengthening the Network. The programme included events, publications and video interviews dedicated to increasing the capacity of European BCOs to bring broadband connectivity to all citizens. A focus of the BCO Network is supporting bridging the digital gap between urban and rural areas and reaching the Gigabit Society objectives.

    • Broadband good practices from the 2018 European Broadband Awards
      Cover page of brochure
      Brochure4 December 2018

      This brochure features the winning projects from the 2018 European Broadband Awards, which recognise innovative ways of achieving the Gigabit Society objectives. In order to support the development of more such projects across the EU, this brochure showcases these projects’ good practices in: innovative models of financing, business and investment; cost reduction and co-investment in a future-proof infrastructure; territorial cohesion in rural and remote areas; socio-economic impact and affordability; and openness and competition.

    • Technical assistance for broadband
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      Brochure16 November 2018

      The European Union has made several technical assistance instruments available for the design and implementation of broadband programmes and projects. This guide offers an overview of the main sources for technical assistance for public administrations involved in the promotion of connectivity in Europe. You will find explanations of how EU funds can support setting up Broadband Competence Offices (BCOs), capacity building of BCOs, and project preparation costs, both for public and private investors.

    • European funding for broadband
      Cover page of brochure "European funding for broadband", featuring a map of Europe, colourful digital elements, and a picture of a laptop and a map.
      Brochure2 August 2018

      Discover the overview of financial tools that can boost broadband investment, that the European Union has made available in order to support Member States and private investors, as well as to promote economic growth and opportunities.

    • Study on implementation and monitoring of measures under the Broadband Cost Reduction Directive
      Report / Study27 June 2018

      The European Commission has just published a study on the implementation and monitoring of the Broadband Cost Reduction Directive. The Directive (2014/61/EU) aims to reduce the costs of deploying fast broadband networks through facilitating shared use and coordinated deployment of physical infrastructure such as ducts and poles within the electronic communications sector and across other sectors including energy, transport and water.

    • Study on Broadband Coverage in Europe 2017
      Study on Broadband Coverage in Europe 2017
      Report / Study22 June 2018

      This study is designed to monitor the progress of EU Member States towards their specific broadband coverage objectives: 'Universal Broadband Coverage with speeds at least 30 Mbps by 2020' and 'Broadband Coverage of 50% of households with speeds at least 100 Mbps by 2020'. The collected data shows that over 219 million EU households (99.9%) had access to at least one of the main fixed or mobile broadband access technologies at the end of June 2017 (excluding satellite).

    • How to set up a Broadband Competence Office
      Brochure cover featuring a background of modern architectural elements overlaid with coloured digital lines and lens flares. Over these is a map of the EU and the brochure title: "How to set up a Broadband Competence Office"
      Brochure18 June 2018

      Broadband Competence Offices (BCOs) provide legal, technical and financial guidance to project promoters and policy makers to support broadband deployment at national, regional and local level. Support and training is available to BCOs, but the first step in ensuring that a BCO is effective lies in its set-up. This brochure outlines the steps for establishing an effective BCO in a Member State or region, as well as the funds and support available to BCOs at EU-level.

    • Broadband Competence Offices Network - 2017 Activity Report
      Cover page of report, featuring the map of Europe and the text The BCO Network Support Facility:
      Brochure21 March 2018

      The 2017 Activity Report describes the programme and achievements of the first year of the Broadband Competence Offices (BCO) Network.