Broadband, meaning faster, better quality access to the internet, is becoming increasingly important not only for business competitiveness, but also for helping social inclusion. As part of its Europe 2020 strategy, the EU has set targets for broadband, including fast broadband availability for all Europeans by 2020. To support these objectives, the EU has made some 15 billion euro available to Member States in the period 2014-2020. We found that broadband coverage has generally been improving across the EU, but that the Europe 2020 targets will not all be achieved. Rural areas, where there is less incentive for the private sector to invest, remain less well connected than cities, and take up of ultra-fast broadband is significantly behind target.
Special report n°12/2018: Broadband in the EU Member States: despite progress, not all the Europe 2020 targets will be met