[Euractiv] Digital agenda: Connecting the EU

High-speed Internet for all - including on mobile phones - and lower consumer prices are the main highlights of the European Commission's digital agenda, a five-year plan to ensure higher connectivity for EU citizens and business.

In an interview with EurActiv, EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes said interoperability would be at the centre of the Commission's efforts. Her plans, she explained, were designed to prevent dominant market players from locking consumers in to their technologies.

Jérémie Zimmermann [...] commented: "The whole Digital Agenda is the partly equivocal result of ongoing tensions within the Commission, but it also reveals intense pressure coming from corporate lobbies. While parts of the agenda are somewhat disappointing for open standards and Free Software users, the proposals are quite encouraging overall."