EU push for 100% broadband coverage by 2020
The European Parliament are calling for all EU households to have access to competitively priced broadband by 2013, and believe that all should be connected to "very high-speed networks" by 2020. The announcement comes following a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on Wednesday.
The European Parliament are pushing for the European Commission to "come forward with a proposal for an ambitious digital agenda and action plan enabling Europe to progress towards an open and prosperous digital society". Parliament believe that 50% of European households should be connected to very high-speed broadband by 2015 increasing to 100% coverage by 2020. All primary and secondary schools must also have reliable and quality Internet connections by 2013, with all being connected to very high-speed connections by 2015. Training and learning should also be provided to ensure that everyone can use broadband where they want to.
Parliament also stated their wish to accelerate the harmonised deployment of digital spectrum to help remove barriers to trade and to ensure that the EU remains the "mobile continent."