State to pick up USC costs?

Digital Agenda commissioner Nellie Kroes says no consensus has emerged over how to fund the extension of broadband to non-economic areas, so it may be up to states to pay for it.

“It is crucial to determine whether an

extended universal service obligation should be funded by the telecoms

sector or rather a broader base, such as by the state budget,” she told an Irish telecoms conference.

Kroes also urged the Irish to use EU funds from the Cohesion and rural development funds for broadband investments, citing Cornwall’s use of state funds to underpin BT’s £132m contract there.

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