In November 2013, President Letta asked the Government Commissioner for the implementation of the Digital Agenda to set up a small team of international experts to review the broadband investment plans of the Italian telecommunications operators. The objective of this analysis was to verify whether these plans would allow Italy to achieve the targets of coverage and penetration of the ultrafast broadband network that the European Union has set for 2020 in the broader context of its Digital Agenda. The EU broadband infrastructure targets are as follows:
By 2013, 100% of residents should be reachable by basic broadband services;
By 2020, 100% of residents should be reachable by fast broadband services capable of delivering speeds of at least 30 Mbps; and
By 2020, at least 50% of households should have subscribed to ultrafast broadband services capable of delivering speeds of at least 100 Mbps.
This review is part of a wider plan launched by President Letta to ensure timely implementation of all major objectives of the Digital Agenda, a project that the Government considers as one of the most important structural reforms to simplify bureaucracy, stimulate growth and promote youth employment.
The international experts who joined the Commissioner are Gerard Pogorel, Professore Emerito di Economia at Telecom ParisTech; and J. Scott Marcus, a Director at the WIK (Germany), member of the Scientific Committee of the Florence School of Regulation (Italy), and formerly a senior official at the FCC (U.S.).