South East Europe improved virtual accessibility through joint initiatives facilitating the rollout of broadband networks
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On the right track with broadband - Guide for municipalities, provinces and housing associations
Type: Policy reports
Region: EU
Technology: DSLCableFTTxMobileWLANSatellite

Central governments and the municipalities and provinces all want to promote broadband. This document has been put together to provide a practical guide on how to initiate broadband, dynamically and responsibly. In this publication, several rules are described, together with the aproach taken to them in practice.
The above-mentioned rules include European and national rules on the role an position of the government in respect of broadband activities. For example, the European Commission has issued a number of important statements on the provision of (stait) aid to broadband projects. These statements have provided more clarity on the scope that exists for authorities in relation to broadband activities. An analysis of these statements has been included in this publication.

At a national level, the Cabinet has made a number of recommendations on how broadband can be pomoted, taking into consideration the healthy competitive market. In this guide, these recommendations will be illustrated on the basis of appropriate examples from the field. Information on these initiatives may be relevant for several projects. Incidentally, the intention was not to provide an exhaustive summary of all the various initiatives.

Author: Ministery of Economic Affairs, Association of Netherlands Municipalities, Ministery of Spatial planning and the environment, Association of the Dutch Provinces, Ministery of Interior and Kingdom relations ( )

The SIVA project is being funded under Priority Axis 3 – Improvement of the Accessibility of the South East Europe Programme, achieving the corresponding objectives through the Area of Intervention (AoI) 3.2 – Develop strategies to tackle the 'digital divide'.

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