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.

Eutelsat's KA-SAT is one way European homes and businesses can get Net access.
Eutelsat's KA-SAT is one way European homes and businesses can get Net access. Eutelsat

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.

Tags:
Mobile
About the author

Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.

 

Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Don't Miss
Hot Products
Trending on CNET

HOT ON CNET

Still taking notes with pen and paper?

Bump up your grades and school supplies with these laptops, desktops, and tablets!