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FTTH Council Europe Calls on EU to Maintain Proposed Broadband Funding

Monday, Oct 8th, 2012 (3:01 pm) - Score 810

The FTTH Council Europe, which campaigns for a future enabled by 100Mbps+ capable Fibre to the Home (FTTH) based fibre optic internet connections, has called on the EU not to shrink its proposed €9.2bn (£7.44bn) commitment to boosting broadband connectivity via the pan-European Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

The council’s comments follow last month’s remarks by the Cypriot Presidency, which questioned whether or not the level of funding should be “reconsidered” after it received “less support [from] Member States than transport and energy” (here).

The money would be used to help Europe achieve it’s Digital Agenda strategy, which aims to make superfast broadband (30Mbps+) services available to 100% of EU people by 2020.

Karin Ahl, President of the FTTH Council Europe, said:

Those Governments that adopt a more holistic view of society and the benefits that spread across the economy will realise the importance of maintaining the CEF for network build. We very much need to build communication networks for the future that look beyond the next quarter’s returns and that can put Europe on the front foot for economic growth and innovation.”

A series of studies conducted by the council recently estimated that the total cost of achieving FTTH in Europe for “more rural areas” would be €73bn and that funding from the CEF would “therefore have a meaningful impact” on those targeted areas. The UK would also benefit from CEF’s funding.

The councils comments also point to a recent OECD study that showed how faster broadband could create savings of 0.5-1.5% in four sectors of the economy (electricity, health, transportation and education), which would allegedly “justify a fully publically financed network“. In reality the situation is a lot more complex than that, especially in terms of how it could impact competition.

By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on X (Twitter), Mastodon, Facebook and .
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