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ItalianoNews such as the following confirm my absolute confidence that it is high time Europe, with regard to the decisions about the development of broadband, depart from the “politically correct” principle of technological neutrality for a more open, effective indication of the fiber optic as a prior technology to be used, setting the minimum band and quality service levels as well.

But here are the news:

28/01/2009 (European Commission source)
€ 5 billion new investment in energy and Internet broadband infrastructure

As part of the ongoing implementation of the EU recovery plan endorsed by the European Council in December 2008, the European Commission has today presented proposals to invest in key energy and Internet broadband infrastructure projects. These will deliver a much needed stimulus to the EU economy in the short term, while at the same time targeting strategic goals such as energy security. All Member States will benefit from the package of measures.

For broadband, the Commission proposes to target € 1 bn to extend and upgrade high-speed internet in rural communities. This money will be targeted via the existing EU’s Rural Development Fund to cover the “white spots” on Europe’s broadband map (30% of the population in rural areas who do not have broadband access).

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