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European Commission approves France’s state aid for broadband

The European Commission has found the French national broadband scheme to be in line with EU state aid rules. The scheme involves investments of 13 billion euro and aims to bring very high speed broadband everywhere in France without unduly distorting competition. The French national broadband scheme, ‘Plan Très Haut Débit’ aims to connect all households and businesses to very high speed broadband by 2022. The scheme will fund local authorities' infrastructure projects, mainly to deploy next generation access (NGA) networks. The Commission's state aid assessment, based on the 2013 Broadband Guidelines, aims to ensure, among other things, that public funding does not take the place of private investment. It also ensures that other service providers can use the publicly funded infrastructure on a non-discriminatory basis. In line with the guidelines, public funding under the French broadband scheme is to be granted only for deployment in areas where no private investment is planned. More than 90% of the scheme’s budget concerns investment for the roll-out of NGA networks to connect households and businesses in areas that currently lack a very high speed network. Read more

  • Tuesday, 22 November 2016

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