A digital divide is opening in Europe. Lack of connectivity holds people back from accessing better work, education and healthcare opportunities, potentially impacting some parts of society for generations to come.
Today's broadband networks are having as much impact as electricity and transport did a century ago. The digital economy, fuelled by broadband, is growing 7 times as fast as the rest of the economy, with a direct correlation between access to connectivity and GDP. Yet Europe is out-invested 2:1 on digital networks compared to other regions. Despite EU connectivity targets like the '5G for Europe Action Plan' that aims to provide high-speed internet access for all by the end of this decade, even progressive countries are falling behind, with rural areas being the most underdeveloped. The challenge: How might every European get access to high-speed internet by the end of 2025?