A rural broadband scheme in Greece has provided internet connectivity for around 5,000 remote communities. The EUR200 million (USD221 million) project, which kicked off in 2014, has been part-funded by the EU, with EUR161 million funding coming from public sources. A report from Euronews says that over half a million Greeks are covered by the rural rollouts. One of the telco partners, Cosmote, says it has installed 12,000km of fibre-optic cable to connect more than 2,000 villages. The infrastructure deployed via the scheme will remain under state ownership but is being managed by third-party telcos for the next fifteen years.