On April 29th 1986, Italy became the fourth European country to connect to the internet. Thirty years on, it has the slowest speeds in the EU.


Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was just 11 years old when boffins at Pisa University sent a stream of data – travelling at mere bits per second  – to Roaring Creek, Pennsylvania. With it, they ushered in a new era: Italy had connected to the internet for the first time.

Fast forward thirty years, and Renzi visited the university on Friday to mark the historic day, safe in the knowledge that Italy was no longer an internet trailblazer.


Averaging a measly 8.73 Mbps, Italy’s internet speeds are the second lowest in the EU. When it comes to the coverage of ultra-fast broadband – access to speeds of more than 100 Mbps –  things are even worse.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.thelocal.it