EU Commission: Satellite broadband can erase digital divide. Satellite operators: Then prove it

by Peter B. de Selding

BRUSSELS, Belgium — European Digital Economy Commissioner Mariya Gabriel said the commission was committed to deploying high-throughput satellites for the remotest areas to close the digital divide. Satellite industry officials said there is no evidence of any such effort.

The disconnect occurred within the space of 30 minutes here Jan. 22 at the European Space Policy conference organized by Business Bridge Europe.

The names change, but the same ships-passing-in-the-night exchange has occurred at this annual meeting since it started 11 years ago.

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