Ultra-broadband: the European Commission endorses Italy's plan for 2016-2022
The European Commission has found Italy's national high-speed broadband plan to be in line with EU state aid rules. The scheme will bring fast internet access to areas where it is currently not available, without unduly distorting competition.
In line with the objectives of the Digital Single Market, the Italian National Ultra-Broadband Scheme aims to increase the coverage of high-speed broadband. This will contribute to Italy's objective of providing 85% of households and all public buildings (in particular schools and hospitals) with access to data transfer speeds of at least 100 mbps. The scheme will run until 31 December 2022. The Italian state will fully finance the new infrastructure, which will remain in public ownership, and a concessionaire will be selected to operate the network.
“The high-speed broadband scheme will bring faster internet to Italian consumers and businesses. It will help Italy to build the necessary infrastructure and contribute to creating a connected Digital Single Market in the EU. Thanks to good cooperation with Italy, we have been able to finalise the assessment of the scheme very swiftly” said Margrethe Vestager, in charge of the European Commission competition policy.