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154 million for rural broadband



The Italian rural areas will soon be able to count on fast Internet services, high speed Internet has become a vital tool to the growth, diversification and the development of the economies of the rural areas, and for the reduction of the physical and geographic isolation of the populations residents in these zones, commented Minister Zaia.

“I am very satisfied, declared Minister Zaia, of being able to help fill in the digital gap that separates the more marginal areas of our Country. These are areas where the geo-morphologic conditions are particularly difficult, there is excessive dispersion of population and the infrastructure costs is far too high, all these factors constitute an objective obstacle to the spread of the broad band and of the most modern technologies”.

Also the Italian rural areas will soon be able to count on fast Internet services, thanks to the plan “Broadband in rural areas”, predisposed by the Ministry of agricultural policies and notified some days ago to the European Commission.

The project, to which are destined more than 154 million euro, will be co-financed by the European Union and carried out as part of the Rural development programmes 2007-2013.

In answer to the EU objective that previews high speed Internet access for all citizens by 2010 and, therefore, the overcoming of the infrastructural gaps existing in the rural territories, Mipaaf has promoted the insertion in the National Strategic Plan for rural development and in the regional Psr, a measure “ad hoc”, destined to the more marginalised rural areas, that is those areas where no operator would find convenient investing, considering the insufficient possibility to recover the investments as a result of the limited number of customers.

To this end, what was used were the extraordinary financial resources made available by the European Union through the so-called European economic recovery plan, (approximately 93 million euros), which then were added to the 61 million euros of national co-financing, for a total amount of more than 154 million euro.

“High speed Internet, the Minister added, has become a vital tool to the growth, diversification and the development of the economies of the rural areas, and for the reduction of the physical and geographic isolation of the populations residents in these zones”.

“My hope, Zaia concluded, is that such actions are only the first step of a wider and more ambitious program, without whom the rural interventions that we have strongly pushed for, would lose their effectiveness”.

Source: Agricoltura italiana on line

by S. C.
26 november 2009, World News > Italy

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