Rolling out broadband Internet connections to bring e-government, e-health, or e-learning on-line services to remote or rural areas like Greek islands or Andalusian mountains is vital to making Europe a world-leading knowledge-based economy, European lawmakers said. A report on broadband policy options, adopted by the Industry Committee on May 3 by a vote of 43-0, with two abstentions, set out measures to bridge the “digital divide” between urban and rural areas.At the end of 2006, 28 percent of...

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