EU Financing for Broadband Infrastructure Projects 2014-2010: Interactive Seminar

Broadband Infrastructure in Europe – A New Key Priority for Growth

The EU provides multiple sources of financing for broadband projects, in form of various EU funds as well as European Investment Bank instruments. In the programming period 2014-2020, broadband projects are not solely supported via European Structural and Investments Fund (ESIF), including EAFRD and through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). Particularly the new and powerful European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) is aiming to boost broadband infrastructure development and networks to a higher level through new sources of direct investments. As part of the ‘Juncker Plan’, broadband infrastructure development is a significant key factor within the Commission priority of creating a Digital Single Market (DSM). The application process varies significantly within the range of these new financing opportunities and requires a high level of expertise of all stakeholders involved.

Moreover, the European Commission adopted new State aid regulations. The General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) frees broadband infrastructure projects from the requirement of prior notification to the Commission under specific conditions. This simplification will foster new investments and has to be taken into consideration while assessing and selecting different funding opportunities in the future. The comprehension of the changes in the regulatory framework and guidelines is absolutely necessary to ensure the success and effectiveness of the approval application as well as the implementation of broadband projects.

Crister Mattsson, Senior Advisor, Acreo Swedish ICT, Official Expert to the European Commission will give a speech on "How to Invest in Broadband Projects Effectively – Applying the European Broadband Investment Guide in Practice"

• Broadband plan: Guide to high-speed broadband investment
• Investment alternatives when developing broadband
• Advises to public authorities: How to take a long-term investment perspective
• List of choices when choosing a type of infrastructure, an investment model, a financial model and the financing tools available
• How to involve citizens, collaborate with other broadband developers, neighbouring municipalities and regions
• How to monitor and evaluate broadband investment
• Best practice cases

Monday, September 26, 2016 to Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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EU Financing for Broadband Infrastructure Projects 2014-2010