The government has just released a new budget of 620 million euros for public initiatives to accelerate the deployment of broadband Internet in 17 territories.
In 2013, François Hollande's executive government promised to connect the entire French population with a high-speed Internet connection by 2023. Since then, the government has changed, but the commitments remain similar since the current target aims for broadband coverage for all in 2020 and very high speed in 2022.
In order to meet these commitments, Prime Minister Philippe Philippe has just signed a € 630 million grant to "massively accelerate the deployment of very high speed" through public initiatives in 17 territories, reports Le Figaro. According to Matignon, this represents "more than a quarter of the French population".
3.3 billion euros in total
These 620 million euros are part of a 3.3 billion euros envelope committed to Emmanuel Macron's five-year term (until 2022). The following territories will therefore receive between 1.3 million and 75 million euros: Ain, Auvergne, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, the Grand Est, Charente, Martinique, Landes, Loire-Atlantique. Atlantic, Doubs, Jura, Calvados, Lot-et-Garonne, Essonne, Deux-Sèvres, Var and Guyana.
Matignon indicates that nearly 3 million premises have been made connectable to fiber in the last 12 months. For less densely populated areas, other solutions will certainly be preferred, whether it is the satellite connection or mobile connectivity such as 4G, and of course the 5G to come.
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