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Broadband: An important way to generate growth out of the crisis – press release

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”As an important way to generate growth and to get out of the crisis, Europe must secure leadership regarding the use of Internet, broadband, mobile data traffic and Internet services”, underlined Vice-Chairman of the EPP Group Gunnar Hökmark MEP speaking at the 7th Annual EU Spectrum Management Conference.

”We must use European funding for broadband in order to achieve coverage where commercial investors can’t invest – thereby connecting the world’s biggest digital market – and to reach our universities, cities and capitals’ levels of capacity, above which is commercially possible today. A revised and more ambitious European Digital Agenda needs to set targets in gigabytes and not in megabytes.”

”Leadership in the use of broadband, mobile data traffic and Internet services is crucial for growth, productivity and competitiveness. We all know that. All governments know it. The Commission knows it. Industry knows it. And the rest of the world knows it. So if we agree on the need for growth, we have to act now!”, concluded Gunnar Hökmark.

For further information:

Gunnar HÖKMARK MEP, Tel: +32-2-2845822

Per Heister, EPP Group Press and Communications Service, Tel: +32-496-645530