Because the funding has been cut for infrastructure in the EU we must still remember that much of the land mass still has not got fit for purpose connectivity. Until this is addressed we can not expect to have digital citizens.
This is community in action. Last year we started raising funding from community shares, and this year we are building our own fibre network, in the rural area that the incumbent telco said they couldn't do. We Did IT.
There are many women in ICT who fall under the radar. They do not have job titles or salaries. What is being done to promote their work in the EU? What recognition do they have? The answer is NONE.
We have a retired ICT school manager who is masterminding our call centre for our community network. She works as a volunteer, she is doing sterling work. Her skills should be shared, but how to do it?
Any comments appreciated...
1. Level playing field. Encourage member states to drive their 2020 Digital Agenda programmes with a "hardest first" agenda - This encourages new competition as the final few % is where the traditional business model fails, so subsidising incumbents is least value for money - it also forces the incumbents to use more of their own money to reach further, defending their territory