The European commissioner for regional policy, Corina Cretu, has approved the second phase of the broadband internet project RO-NET, allocating EUR 45.7 million from the European Fund for the regional development.
The project started during the 2007-2013 financing period and aims to expand the access to the broadband internet in rural areas from Romania, reducing the digital gap within the country.
„This project proves once more time the manner in which the structural and European investments funds contribute to the implementation of the unique digital market. Once with the introduction of the wide band internet in this localities, new economic opportunities will appear, but also the improved life standard for those who live in the rural areas,” says Cretu.
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Over 400,000 inhabitants and over 8,500 companies and public institutions from the country’s regions (with the exception of Bucharest-Ilfov) will have access to bandwidth internet because of RO-NET. There are over 780 localities included in the project.