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EU wants 30Mbps broadband for all by 2020

EU Commissioner remains confident of web roll-out despite recent $9 million budget cuts
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Despite recent budget cuts, the European Union remains confident it will achieve its goal of seeing all member states provide a minimum broadband connection of 30Mbps.

The EU's Digital Agenda for Europe details that all member states should be capable of offering the minimum web speed by 2020.

However, recently announced EU budget cuts have cast doubt over the roll-out, with over $9 million initially planned for the development now slashed.

Despite the fears, Neelie Kroes, EU commissioner for the Digital Agenda has maintained that the body is still determined to achieving the goal by detailing a plan, which makes use of members' existing infrastructure.

Addressing the plans during a recently published speech, Kroes said: "Putting broadband networks in place needs physical infrastructure: like ducts, cabinets, or towers. But often it's already available – and you can re-use infrastructure owned by others."

"Why spend extra money and effort duplicating what's already there? So this regulation will ensure telecoms companies know what is already out there and will open up access to it – with fair and reasonable prices and conditions."

The commissioner also called for “operators and providers to work together, especially when taxpayer money is at stake," whilst hoping

In summary, Kroes stated that “all new buildings and major renovations will have to be equipped for high-speed broadband."

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