Gelderland and municipalities to self developing broadband Achterhoek




Starting ten municipalities in the province of Gelderland Achterhoek with a company to let construct therefore broadband in rural areas. Deputy Jan Jacob van Dijk before Friday signed a memorandum of understanding with the municipalities.

The province let know to work with the municipalities, as the market ‘are not taking responsibility. ” A conversation with three interested companies ran earlier this year to nothing. Who could not or would not meet the demands of Gelderland.

Gelderland feels compelled to take the role, because broadband would be of great importance to the quality of life in the countryside. So will the Internet play an increasingly important role for providing remote care, says the province. In addition, according to the county’s broadband important for the growth and innovation of the economy. Now many in the outlying dependent on a telephone line.

The province Friday signed a letter of intent with ten municipalities. It involves Aalten, Berkelland, Bronckhorst, Doetinchem, Montferland, Oost Gelre, Old IJsselstreek, Winterswijk, Doesburg and Lochem. The province will pay 32 million euros for the project, while the municipalities with 25 to 30 million coming over the bridge.

Province and municipalities begin in April with their broadband business. The construction of the broadband start, if all goes well and the municipalities are final agreement in the summer of next year, involving 20,000 to 24,000 connections. The condition is that at least half of the population subscribes to fiberglass.

Gelderland claims finally that there is no state aid or the crowding of the market. There would be extensive research to have been made to prevent it. “With the construction of broadband in the rural market days, the government also from then accelerated to unlock the ‘gray areas with fiber.”


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