Broadband campaigners criticise EU over billion-euro budget cuts

Broadband campaigners say EU budget cuts hammered out last week will kill high-speed connections needed by rural homes and businesses, after it emerged the budget for rural broadband – seen as vital to creating new businesses – has been cut by €8.2bn (£7bn) to just €1bn.They also warned that the European parliament, which has to sign off the new budget, could block the cuts, which saw infrastructure investment plans of €50bn over seven years slashed to just €24bn – the largest slice of the €34bn in cuts pushed for by David Cameron.

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