European homes now have 100 percent broadband coverage
Satellite-based Internet access has reached the last 0.6 percent of homes that copper wires and mobile networks didn't, the European Commission announces.
Every citizen in the European Union now has broadband Internet access at home, a goal the European Commission said it reached before its year-end deadline.
Pushing the needle all the way to 100 percent is satellite-based Internet access, which reached the 0.6 percent of homes that wired connections and mobile networks couldn't reach, the EC announced Thursday. DSL, cable TV, and fiber-optic lines reach 96.1 percent, and mobile networks reach 99.4 percent.
"For those in the most isolated areas, satellite is a good option to stay connected, and it's likely to remain so," Neelie Kroes, the European Commission vice president in charge of the region's digital agenda, said in a statement.
Basic satellite services can be found for about $13 a month, with faster 20Mbps service costing about $33 a month. A total of 148 satellites provide the actual service, the EC said.
The EC is also working on speeding up broadband. It has two goals: download rates of at least 30Mbps for all citizens by 2020, and download rates of at least 100Mbps at half of European homes.