The Past vs The Future Part II
With last week’s cut in the EU budget comes an interesting insight into Europe’s priorities.
A third of the budget goes on agriculture. Should agriculture be cut? Or should spending on Europe’s future competitiveness be cut?
For most it’s obvious.
For the French it’s the future.
It appears that the budget for installing rural broadband has been cut from 8.2 billion euros to . . . .wait for it . . . one billion euros.
“It’s a giant leap backwards,” says Brian Condon, Director of the Community Broadband Network.
Neelie Kroes, EC vice president, expressed disappointment with the decision: “The smaller sum does not leave room for investing in broadband networks,” she says.
Kroes is trying to get approval for an 80 billion euros budget for high-tech projects during 2014-2020.
“I shall keep fighting,” she says.
Ironically, the UK, which fought hardest for the overall budget cut, is unlikely to be affected by the rural broadband cut.
“Its reduction should have no impact on existing or planned funded projects,” says BT.