According to recent reports, the European
Commission (EC) has started rethinking its Digital
Agenda goals, taking the focus away from supplying basic
broadband (at least 2Mbps) to all to rolling out super-fast (at
least 100Mbps) internet instead. But the EC underlined that
"some conditions applied".
Originally the Digital Agenda scheme sought to deliver
basic broadband to all of Europe within the next
year and subsequently rollout superfast broadband
(30Mbps or more) by 2020 to all as well as 100Mbps to at
least half of the EU.
However, according to the draft guidelines the DA will focus on
facilitating the "the roll out of fast networks. Therefore the
revised Guidelines propose to include the possibility of supporting
ultra-fast broadband networks (with speeds above 100Mbps) under
The EC will also concentrate on seeking
transparency from all Member States by asking them
to publish all the progress (even if there is none) on their
broadband projects. Another goal is to "simplify" the way
internet access is delivered.
Commission Vice President for Competition Policy, Joaquín
Almunia, said in the supporting statement:
"We need a dynamic framework for the application of EU state
aid rules in this strategic sector that fosters
"This is all the more important in the present economic
circumstances as new investments and more competition can
contribute to growth and employment."
The "draft" is set to become "official" in