- Published on Thursday, 02 October 2014 15:54
- Written by Annika Mayer
Laboratory for Telecommunications of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana and the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport organized a closing conference of the 3-year Interreg project ENGAGE on 24th of September at the Congress center Brdo pri Kranju.
100 participants from 13 European countries, political representatives of regions, mayors and prominent domestic and foreign experts joined the partners of the project ENGAGE in sharing their views on the challenge of reducing the digital divide in rural areas. One of the speakers at the conference, Nicolass Gyss (DG CONNECT, European Commission), states that: “Developing of High Speed Broadband can bridge the digital divide”, he continues “When you are connected… you are a part of the society”.
The key objective of the ENGAGE project is to define best practices in construction and use of broadband infrastructure in less populated areas. Like electricity or roads, high speed broadband connectivity is also essential for economic and social development in urban and rural areas in Europe. In the words of Franc Dolenc (Director of AKOS): “Broadband is infrastructure of infrastructures, it's a must have issue today”. In effect, ENGAGE project agrees with the moto of Neelie Kroes (Vice-President of the European Commission), that Europe should be without barriers.
The purpose of the conference was to link, facilitate and encourage good practices and practical cooperation between the various stakeholders, who are developing projects for rural broadband inclusion.
The conference agenda can be found here:http://engage-interreg.eu/ENGAGE_4futureconference.pdf
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