Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italy approves 900-million-euro Internet plan

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Rome, February 15 - The Italian government has
approved a 900-million-euro plan that it hopes will breach the
digital divide by bringing Internet access to almost seven
million Italians.
The ultra-broadband program would target as many as four
million citizens in Italy's underserved south alone,
particularly in the regions of Basilicata, Calabria, Campania,
Molise, and Sicily.
Government-issued tenders from the industry ministry
suggest the plan, long discussed by officials, is becoming close
to fruition.
The broadband plan was born in 2008 with the aim of
reaching eight million Italians living outside major service
centres.
But funding has been spotty and technical problems blamed
when the goal was not reached.
Still, the government hopes to now reach 3,600 new
locations scattered throughout the country.
Funding for the latest part of the project will come from
various levels of government as well as private investments.
The industry ministry believes the project will also
breathe new life into businesses in the South.
"Today we take a step forward that is fundamental to the
development of the country, contributing to reset the digital
divide and equip the south with ultra-broadband," said a
statement issued by Corrado Passera, industry minister, and
Fabrizio Barca, minister for territorial cohesion.

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