By the end of March, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia had approved a total of around 850 million euros in state funds for the promotion of fast internet networks. The Ministry of Economy announced on request. Further growth is expected in the second quarter, it said. The state of North Rhine-Westphalia has been supplementing the federal funding program for broadband expansion launched in 2015 with its own funds.
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Complicated application procedures
The federal and state governments support the expansion in regions in which the network operators do not expand or are not expected to do so. So far, there have often been problems with complicated application procedures. So far, the federal government has released around 6.5 billion euros in funding.
In the fourth quarter of 2019, the state funds in NRW that had been approved since the start of funding were still around 770 million euros, according to the ministry. In 2017 it was 370 million euros. For a long time, funding was difficult due to a complicated process that was difficult for applicants to understand.
The sums mentioned are so-called “committed funds” that have already been approved, but the actual amount may differ afterwards if an actual invitation to tender has been issued.
According to the will of the federal government, all households in Germany should be provided with gigabit-capable speeds of at least 1000 Mbit per second by 2025.