Alicante and Valencia are the areas with the most broadband problems in Spain
Valencia is the province with the most white and gray areas with 18,471, followed by Alicante with 17,974 and Asturias with 15,251. This is especially evident in the scattered towns and in the interior. Castellón, for its part, recorded 8,244 places without connection or very poor connection, which is also linked to the drop in the number of inhabitants.
Regarding the offline homes and businessese, Valencia also tops this disconnection list with 82,496 units with poor or no service, only behind León, the province with the most disconnected households. Alicante, for its part, has 65,708 areas with limited or no coverage and Castellón has 33,704 real estate units with little or no coverage. On the other side of the coin, there are the territories with the best connection: Álava (2,650 units in white or gray areas), Vizcaya (8,324), Segovia (8,535), Navarre (9,298), Guipúzcoa (11,138) or Albacete (11.154).
“12% of the population lives without a connection of this type and the State does not invest in the Community”
Of the 258,146 white and gray areas detected For the Spanish government, the majority will be able to opt for Unico-Banda Ancha state aid, in which the government will invest 250 million. In the Region, 181,908 households (65,708 in Alicante, 82,496 in Valencia and 33,704 in Castelló) will be eligible to apply for this assistance.
Why is the Community, being the fourth most populous in Spain, the one with the worst broadband coverage? In order to José Francisco Montserrat del Rio, professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and telecommunications engineer, the explanation is not easy to deduce, but it could be summed up in “reasons of economic viability”.
the Valencian Community This is a “special” case, specifies the Vice-Rector for International. “The coastal part, where the population is concentrated, is also a poor area, with mountains but also large plains, and obtaining fiber is not economically viable.
Five years without investments
Companies that must invest do not pay off and the service is provided “with public funding,” explains the telecommunications engineer. “But the Community is underfunded and it has not been invested here for a long time, we have been with the same percentages of lack of broadband coverage for five years”, he reveals. 12% of the Valencian population does not have such coverage and “the State does not move tab.” The Generalitat “made a report but the money did not arrive”.
Montserrat comments that Castellón is better because the territory is flatter (with the exception of the Morella region), but Valencia and especially Alicante have scattered municipalities which make their coverage unprofitable. “The State could finance the actions but there is a bad distribution. Especially for the Community. It has not been invested in this territory for a long time.
Connectivity for equitable access to services
“Improving mobility and connectivity for equity in access to public services” is one of the proposals for action to slow down depopulation, according to the Economic and Social Committee of the Valencian Community. Thus, the entity issued a report to influence the threat posed by depopulation from within, a “slow but unstoppable” process. Among many other actions, the organization emphasizes the need to be connected for economic and social development and the incentive to repopulate these areas. “There are 171 municipalities at risk of depopulation, so we have to build a new discourse on rurality.