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Member States to develop national broadband plans

Indicator Status Evidence
Do you have a National Broadband Plan which specifies a set of measurable broadband targets or will you have such a plan in place before 31st December 2012? Yes -Law 79 of 2009, with the objective to erase the digital divide and bring to a connectivity from 2 to 20 mega in the so-called market failure areas. -Law 133 of 2008, article 2, boosting optic fiber roll out. -Law 40 of 2010 for implementing fix and mobile broadband -Decree Digitalia, under examination by the Italian Parliament -Auction 800 with obligation of covering digital divide areas by the mean of Long Term Evolution Technologies (3rd country in Europe). Coordination of planning with all the Italian regions
Does the Plan meet the European Commission's Digital Agenda for Europe target for 100% broadband coverage by 2013? Yes If the Plan and the Digitalia Decree are implemented then the targets will be met. According to the interviewee as well as the Italian Digital Agenda Control Room Italy is on track to meet the objectives.
Does the Plan meet the European Commission's Digital Agenda for Europe target for 100% coverage over 30Mbps by 2020? Yes Also in this case when the Plan and the Digitalia Decree are implemented then the targets will be met. According to the interviewee as well as the Italian Digital Agenda Control Room Italy is on track to meet the objectives. As already said the Decree Digitalia, now Decreto Crescita 2.0 (Growth 2.0 Decree ), which has been approved by the Italian Cabinet and will be now examined by the Parliament
Does the Plan meet the European Commission's Digital Agenda for Europe target for 50% of households to have subscriptions over 100 Mbps by 2020? Yes As above when the Plan and the Digitalia Decree are implemented then the targets will be met. According to the interviewee as well as the Italian Digital Agenda Control Room Italy is on track to meet the objectives. As already said the Decree Digitalia, now Decreto Crescita 2.0 (Growth 2.0 Decree ), has been approved by the Italian Cabinet and is now under examination by the Parliament
Have supportive measures been introduced to support the achievement of National Broadband Plan targets? Yes Supportive measures: -Legislation: Law 79 of 2009, Law 40 of 2010 and Decree Digitalia -Funding: Public and EU resources (FEASR-European Fund for Rural and Agricultural Development, and FESR-European Fund of Regional Development), as well as national/regional resources (FAS-Underutilized Areas Fund) up to 1.741 billion Euro for building Backhaul-Midlle Mile infrastructures (700 milion Euros) and Last Mile Infrastructures (771 milion Euros)

Other initiatives:

The Ministry of Economic Development has a database with specific indicators used to monitor each year the development of broadband in the country for the technologies warranting at least 2 mega, either fix or wireless like 3G or future 4G. Monitoring of the digital divide: starting point was 13%, now the digital divide is 5.6%. Current funding will allow to reach 4% and with the Digitalia Decree the digital divide will be erased by 2016. Finally the digital divide for baseband will be erased by 2012, and for super-fast broadband by 2020. Moreover will be made use of low environmental impact micro-excavation techniques, art 1 law 79 2009.

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