EC Gives Nod to 20 Mln Euro Rural Broadband Project in Bulgaria
Friday, 13 December 2013
The European Commission gave the green light to Bulgaria for a 39.1 million lev ($27.5 million/20 million euro) project for the development of high-speed broadband internet in rural areas, the executive agency in charge of the project said.
According to the Commission, the project meets the eligibility requirements for state aid and will not affect the free market, the Electronic Communication Networks and Information Systems executive agency said in a press release.
The project, which will be co-financed under EU-funded operational programme Regional Development, aims to connect all municipal administrative and public institutions and to provide next-generation broadband internet connection to businesses in economically backward and remote areas in the country. It will cover 29 remote communities and 24 small settlements with a total area of 7,979 square metres, or 7.0% of the country’s territory. Some 277,765 people, equal to some 4.0% of the country’s total population or some 8.0% of the country's population living outside the capital and the regional centres, will benefit from the high-speed broadband internet.