One of the conditions to integrate is to promote the use of ICT in education, training and learning systems is to increase availability and quality of connectivity to broadband Internet services for schools and classrooms, especially in rural and low population density areas, through the adoption of dedicated measures.
The general objective of the pilot project is to contribute to assessing the benefits of a broadband connectivity via satellite in areas impacted by digital divide with the support of regional or national public authorities, as a precursor of the even larger benefits that the European Gigabit Society will later make largely available.
In accordance with this objective, the entities allowed to participate in the call must have a clear experience in implementing space telecommunications technologies for the reduction of the digital divide and for connectivity improvement.
- Analysis of EU regions in long-term digital divide and impacted sectors and population notably for schools.
- Assessment of simple, efficient and cost-effective implementation schemes to ensure easy access to satellite broadband connectivity.
- Assessment, through deployment of broadband internet access via satellite to some unconnected schools, of the benefit of distribution via satellite of educational multimedia content relying, to the extent possible, on data and services offered by the Union space programmes.
- Development of outreach and communication activities.
Applicants may find useful data and information for the preparation of their proposal by contacting NEREUS – Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies. As NEREUS is the unique European regions’ association spreading the use and understanding of space technologies, it could provide support to the pilot project while taking care of involving regions currently not members of NEREUS.
19 March 2020 at 17:00 Brussels time