The EU invests in fast broadband for all in Italy
The Commission adopted a Cohesion Policy project worth more than 573 million of EU funds to support the deployment of fast broadband in Italy.
The EU funding, covering 60% of the project's eligible costs, will help bring fast internet access to areas where it is currently not available.More than Italian 7000 municipalities will be covered, totalling 12.5 million inhabitants and almost 1 million companies.
Corina Creţu, Commissioner for Regional Policy said: “This EU-funded broadband project, which covers 20% of the Italian population, means unprecedented business opportunities, better public services and better quality of life for the Italian people. It shows what the EU is really about: working to improve everyday life for citizens, very concretely.”
The project is part of the “Italian Digital Plan – Ultra-broadband”, the national strategy for Next Generation Access network. It aims to ensure connection speeds of at least 100 megabits per second (Mbps) for 85% of Italian households and all public buildings – in particular schools and hospitals – and of at least 30 Mbps for all by 2020.
The project will in particular cover so-called “white areas”, where market forces cannot deliver the necessary infrastructure upgrade, in all 20 Italian regions. The project should be completed end of 2020.