Crowdsourcing ideas to reduce the costs of broadband rollout
On April 27th, the EC launched a public consultation seeking views on how to cut the costs of setting up new networks for high speed internet in the EU. In particular, the Commission wants to explore how to reduce the costs associated with civil engineering, such as the digging up of roads to lay down fibre, and which can account for as much as 80% of the total cost. The Commission believes it could cut the cost of broadband investments by a quarter.
This discussion space, set up in the context of the Digital Agenda Assembly, aims to generate the maximum number of good ideas about initiatives to cut those costs. It accompanies the official consultation by encouraging the submission of unstructured ideas and more out-of-the-box thinking.
Possible measure include for example better use of existing infrastructure; enhancing transparency and coordination of civil engineering works ; better handling of requests to roll-out networks ; ensuring ready-for-NGA-access buildings.
We invite you to share your knowledge about:
- What are possible initiatives that could be taken?
- What are the most inspiring example that have already taken place?
The ideas with more "interesting!" votes will be presented and discuss at the Digital Agenda Assembly.
So add your idea in the comments below, and vote for the most interesting one!