CORA Policy Brief 1: Opening up Opportunities for Cross-border Fibre in Rural Areas

Price, Liz, Deville, Jane and Ashmore, Fiona (2021) CORA Policy Brief 1: Opening up Opportunities for Cross-border Fibre in Rural Areas. Project Report. Atene Kom, Berlin, Germany.

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Policy Brief 1 - Opening up Opportunities for Cross-border Fibre in Rural Areas
Access to a fast and reliable broadband connection is of crucial importance to the economic and social development of an area. However across Europe 10% of premises in rural areas still do not have access to a fixed broadband network and only 41% are covered by any Next Generation Access (NGA) technology. Some remote areas of Europe are poorly served by their local broadband infrastructure but lie in close proximity to fibre networks across national borders. Sharing of fibre across borders therefore provides a potential solution for communities in these areas.This policy brief demonstrates how municipalities in rural areas of Sweden and Norway worked together to develop cross border fibre access as part of the COnnecting Remote Areas (CORA) project.
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Abstract

Access to a fast and reliable broadband connection is of crucial importance to the economic and social development
of an area. It is key to business competitiveness and social inclusion, providing the opportunity for equal access to a
range of emerging technologies linked to business, public sector services, health and education. However across Europe 10% of premises in rural areas still do not have access to a fixed broadband network and only 41% are covered
by any Next Generation Access (NGA) technology. Some remote areas of Europe are poorly served by their local broadband infrastructure but lie in close proximity to fibre networks across national borders. Sharing of fibre across borders therefore provides a potential solution for communities in these areas.This policy brief demonstrates how municipalities in rural areas of Sweden and Norway worked together to develop cross border fibre access as part of the COnnecting Remote Areas (CORA) project. The project explored how stakeholders and users can work together to improve delivery of broadband infrastructure in remote border regions.Opening up Opportunities for Cross-border Fibre in Rural Areas.

Keywords:Digital transformation, Rural economy, urban-rural digital divide, Policy, Broadband
Subjects:L Social studies > L721 Economic Geography
L Social studies > L391 Sociology of Science and Technology
L Social studies > L113 Economic Policy
L Social studies > L231 Public Administration
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:47406
Deposited On:16 Dec 2021 10:52

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