Comme je l'ai dit dans un précédent post (coopératives de télécommunications), il y a eu à Amsterdam la semaine derniere le congrés de SCIN (Smart Communities - et non pas Collectivities comme indiqué par erreur dans ce post - International Network).
Un journal hollandais qualifié de sérieux (et lu par les milieux d'affaires locaux) en a fait un compte rendu en hollandais. Vous trouverez ci-aprés la traduction en anglais faite par SCIN... (mille excuses mais il semble que le couper coller entre word et typepad ne soit pas encore complétement au point... changement de typographies notamment entre les deux...)
Het Financieele Dagblad
Friday, November 19, 2004“Gemeente legt glasvezel liever zelf aan”
Bert van Dijk
Amsterdam – An important element in realizing the European ambition to become the most dynamic knowledge economy, is the rapid roll out of fast internet connections. It is to result in higher productivity, improvements in education and health care, whereas new services are to be translated in job growth.
However, as such networks are not being initiated by the private sector, many European cities find themselves forced to do it themselves, at the great displeasure of the market incumbents. How far do the municipalities ought to go?
Jean-Michel Billaut, advisor to a large fiber project in the French city of Pau, takes the argument even further. He calls for a ‘European New Deal.’ If Europe is serious about becoming the most dynamic knowledge economy by the year 2010, why not raise the ambition as for every European to have a connection to a high speed fiber network for 30 euros per month in that year, or so he asked. ‘If the public sector does not create such networks, there will be no further development. The private sector is incapable of doing so.’
Whether such support combined with investment guarantees will be sufficient to roll out fiber in the Netherlands remains to be seen. ‘Financial parties tend to be less than enthusiastic due to their short term horizon,’ says Kees Rovers, representing Ons Net, the fiber initiative in Nuenen. Nuenen is a successful project, because a private investor was engaged, Kenniswijk subsidies could be utilized, whereas the citizens manage the network themselves, says Rovers. In other parts of the country the same conditions do not apply. Rovers calls for a consistent approach in which the central involvement of the citizens is key. ‘It has got to come from the neighbourhood. If people see that it works, you can roll out further.’
Note on the translation: The quotes are a translation from the original statements and in two cases concern a reverse translation from Dutch to English. The journalist and the newspaper cannot be held accountable for this translation of the original article. The SCIN Secretariat is solely responsible for this translation.
Note on the newspaper het Financieele Dagblad: Het Financieele Dagblad is a high quality daily newspaper which is widely read by corporate and public decision-makers in the Netherlands.
November 23, 2004