German Government issues Ruling for Broadband Infrastructure Rollout


  1. On October 22, 2015, the German Government, after discussion with many segments of society, accepted and issued a clear “Richtlinie: Förderung zur Unterstützung des Breitbandausbaus in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland“. It has government approval and thus force of law in Germany. The Bundesministerium has promised 2700 million Euro’s to help fund it.

The key ministry for this ruling is the Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur: Alexander Dobrindt (minister for Traffic and Digital Infrastructure) and Dorothee Bär, Staatssekretärin beim Bundesminister für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur ( Twitter: @DoroBaer ), see photo.

The full text (in German) can be downloaded from:  .

The two Anlagen (Attachments, in German) sind hier:

Anlage 1_Förderrichtlinie Breitband_Unterlagen

Anlage 2 Förderrichtlinie Breitband_Scoring_final

I will post here ASAP the translation into the Dutch (NL) language and, when it is available, also the English language translation.

2. It is IMHO amazing that such an high impact policy document was written in only 13 pages, and concerns so much money to be invested in the Digital Infrastructure of Germany. It is very good to do that, as can be seen from the area’s with broadband at present in that country: very scattered in and around big cities:

Broadbandcoverage (1)

Source: recent EU Commission report.

ir. Jaap van Till, TheConnectivist

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