This case study overviews the steps Spain has taken towards developing and implementing strategic plans and initiatives to close the digital divide between urban and rural areas. These initiatives take place at all administrative levels and aim to tackle the acute problem of depopulation of rural areas.
This case study focuses on the state of play in Germany with regards to the digitisation of rural areas. It presents the current policy framework on national level and key initiatives developed through an intensive resident participation process on regional and local level.
This case study focuses on enhancing broadband infrastructure at the national level, including examples of collaborative actions leading towards the emergence of an innovative and inclusive digital society in rural France.
This case study presents key initiatives across Cornwall and rural UK, focusing on digital inclusion training, enabling digital hubs within communities and e-health innovation.
This methodological case study explores the UK's ‘Field labs’ network and research grants aimed to help improve sustainability through farmer-led innovation and provide skills, support and scientific backing to find solutions to common challenges.
This case study explores a holistic approach to the digitisation of rural services, implemented by the the Fraunhofer Institute in several pilot villages in Germany. The creation of a common digital platform has enabled the development of new solutions for the supply of local goods, communication, mobility and e-government through shared services and common rules.
This case study explores one of the most comprehensive and integrated strategies for tackling the problems of depopulation and low access to services in Europe: the 'Strategy for inner areas' in Italy. All four European Structural and Investment Funds are combined with national finance to support strategies for both local development and service innovation in 72 pilot areas across the country.