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Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament - Better access for rural areas to modern ICT {SEC(2009) 254}, COM(2009) 103 final

Funded under: FP7-ICT

Abstract

The efficient use of information and communication technology (ICT), driven by better highspeed internet (broadband) access, is widely recognised as key to raising productivity and stimulating innovation in Europe, including in rural areas. It can play a significant role in promoting entrepreneurship and economic progress in rural areas, thus contributing to improve the competitiveness of agriculture and forestry, the quality of life and diversification of the rural economy.
High-quality internet provision can help unlock the potential of rural areas, and can make them more attractive places to live. ICT helps existing businesses to perform tasks more effectively and efficiently and responds to their demand for rapid access to diverse kinds of information. It creates greater scope for new businesses to start up, and makes it easier to deliver vital services and better quality of life.
At present, significant differences exist in the provision and adoption of e-services and highspeed quality internet access between Member States (MSs), with gaps between their rural areas, and between rural and urban areas, being even wider. The bulk of the rural population receives lower quality services at higher costs.
The European Economic Recovery Plan (EERP) highlights the importance of broadband communications for modern economies and aims to ensure that broadband is available to all Europeans by 2010. In this context, the Commission has proposed an additional funding of EUR 1.0 billion to bridge the broadband gaps, which would allow rural areas to specifically address some of the problems they are confronted with as a consequence of the economic and financial crisis.

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Record Number: 9743 / Last updated on: 2009-01-05
Category: COM DOCUMENT