Baden-Württemberg: Dispute over fiber optic expansion: Strobl has doubts about funding

Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - After the federal government stopped funding fiber optic expansion early this year, Interior Minister Thomas Strobl is also questioning the corresponding commitments by the traffic light coalition for 2023.

Baden-Württemberg: Dispute over fiber optic expansion: Strobl has doubts about funding

Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - After the federal government stopped funding fiber optic expansion early this year, Interior Minister Thomas Strobl is also questioning the corresponding commitments by the traffic light coalition for 2023. The federal government broke its promise and stopped funding. "That's why my trust in the mere promises that it will be resumed in 2023 is one where I would like to say that something is scratched," said Strobl on Wednesday in the Stuttgart state parliament. The cities and municipalities were completely surprised by the funding stop "totally contrary to all announcements".

A high three-digit million amount is in question for the country. According to a study, there are around 500,000 open address points in the country where it is not worth expanding on your own. "Baden-Württemberg is not the Lüneburg Heath," said Strobl. "Fibre optic cable is very easy to lay everywhere there. Baden-Württemberg, on the other hand, is characterized by the beauty of the Black Forest and the Swabian Jura." Fiber optic cables have to be laid in the rock and chiseled into granite. "It's not worth it for a private company at the end of the day, and that's why we need publicly funded expansion in the future," said the minister.

Digital Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) stopped the funding program for the current year early on October 17 because the available funding had been exhausted. This had led to protests from individual federal states. According to Strobl on Wednesday, the federal government has now promised to process and decide on applications received by October 17 by the end of January at the latest. After that, they could be pre-financed by the state, said Strobl.

The aim of the gigabit program is a nationwide high-speed network for all households, companies, schools and hospitals in Germany. According to the federal government, billions in funding are to be resumed next year, but the grants will be geared even more closely to the actual needs in the regions.

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