closedownarrowexternal-linklogo-verticalmenu-barsearch Skip to main content
Jump to navigation
Link news

European nations cannot afford to divert funds away from their broadband rollout programs, it has been claimed.

Neelie Kroes, Europe's Digital Agenda Commissioner, issued the warning amid suggestions that some countries wish to use Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funds for other purposes.

It has been suggested that CEF finance could be used to fund transport and energy projects, rather than the construction of next-generation broadband networks.

But Ms Kroes, a Vice-President of the European Commission, believes this would be a major mistake.

"Every EU Council meeting is asking for more digital action, more digital progress," she noted.

"Now they need to put their money where their mouths have been."

The Dutch politician commented that if nations cut their investment in broadband, it will have an adverse effect on growth.

"We don't need more empty airports," Ms Kroes commented.

"We need a balanced investment program in Europe that targets investment at the sectors with strongest prospects for growth."

The EC has set a target for universal 30Mb broadband coverage in the EU by the end of the decade.

In addition, the Commission wants at least half of all households to have access to 100Mb broadband services.

Join the conversation

comments powered by Disqus

Stay up to date

  • Google+ Follow uSwitchTech
  • Subscribe to our RSS feed

Latest Comments

  • Angela 1 week ago Complaint over broadband... I have tried to claim my £200 cash back over the past 9 months which I have never received or had any...
  • Josh Cropper 1 week ago Government scheme gets superfast... 10Mbps by 2020? Careful guys... They're gonna hack super fast dial up into your eyes by 2030 at this...
  • David Longstaff 1 week ago How to fix Sky Q's 'too bright'... Swiping, or clicking, right brings up the last program pop up then pressing back removes it, with no...

Search news