The European Commission (EC) has launched a consultation on the best ways to reduce the cost of rolling out high-speed broadband networks as it seeks to ensure it hits its ambitious broadband targets.
The consultation will run until 20 July and seeks feedback on several issues the Commission is concerned are hampering efforts to provide high-speed broadband services.
These include improving the co-ordination of public engineering works by making sure the relevant authorities work together to include broadband rollouts within other projects and simplifying the permits required for such work.
The EC said 80 per cent of the cost of broadband rollouts can be spent on digging up roads and so by working more closely with one other, industry and public sector organisations can help reduce this cost and make rollouts more efficient.
The EC asked for input from both public and private groups, specifically telecoms and utility companies as well as public authorities and consumers.
EC vice president for the digital agenda, Neelie Kroes, said addressing such issues would make it easier to deliver high-speed broadband for consumers and providers.
"We need to test practical ideas on how to cut costs and how to make it easier to access, re-use and share this infrastructure," she said.
"There is nothing more annoying for citizens than road-digging, and nothing more annoying to businesses than pointless red tape."
The EC has set ambitious targets for broadband coverage across the continent, seeking to provide 100 per cent coverage by 2013 for all citizens on speeds of 30Mbits/ while least 50 per cent of households on 100Mbit/s by 2020.
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