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Monday, 03 March 2014 13:30

New measures to cut broadband costs agreed by the Council and the Parliament

The member states' permanent representatives endorsed the compromise reached between the Council and the European Parliament concerning a directive which will make it easier and cheaper to roll out high-speed electronic communications networks, among other things by promoting the joint use of infrastructure, such as electricity, gas and sewage pipes.

According to Commission estimates, civil engineering, such as digging up roads to lay down fibre-optic cables, accounts for up to 80% of the cost of deploying high-speed networks, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to the press service of council of the European Union.

More EU citizens will get broadband at a lower cost, wherever they are. It should also contribute to the digitisation of public administrations, thus improving the efficiency of services provided for citizens and companies.

As the directive only sets minimum requirements to facilitate rollout and coordination, member states may adopt additional measures in this area.

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