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Italian broadband delay costing up to 1.5% of GDP

Wednesday 11 April 2012 | 16:46 CET | News
Lower broadband penetration in Italy compared to countries like France and Germany is costing the country around 1-1.5 percent of GDP, according to Vice President of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes, in a speech at the Confindustria Forum in Rome. Forty-one percent of Italian adults have never browsed the internet, which is two to three times more than in France, Germany or the UK. Kroes called for greater investment in ICT in Italy, which can support economic growth and employment. She also expressed concern at recently passed legislation in Italy on unbundling access and maintenance costs for the local loop. The EC has already sent two letters of warning to the Italian government, saying the legislation violates EU law on keeping access regulation with an independent body, like the Italian regulator Agcom.



Categories: Internet
Companies: European Commission
Countries: Italy
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