The EU Commission issues guidelines for the application of State aid rules in relation to rapid deployment of broadband networks

"The new State Aid Broadband Guidelines: not all black and white"*I. General contextA. The importance of broadband development There is widespread consensus on the crucial impact of broadband development for economies and societies [1]. Broadband networks have the potential to affect productivity, innovation and the advancement of a country more than any other type of infrastructure [2]. In that respect, the ongoing debate about public support for the development of broadband networks starts from the premise that widespread availability of broadband access is a worthy political, social and economic objective, shared (and strongly encouraged) by the Commission, the Member States and the industry alike. It is widely acknowledged that broadband deployment offers advantages well beyond

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  • European Ombudsman
  • European Commission - Secretariat General (Brussels)
  • DG Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN) (Brussels)

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Lambros Papadias, Filomena Chirico, Norbert Gaál, The EU Commission issues guidelines for the application of State aid rules in relation to rapid deployment of broadband networks, 30 September 2009, e-Competitions September 2009, Art. N° 35027

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