A. Munteanu

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ASPECTS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN ROMANIA

A. Munteanu

Abstract
Current rural development should focus on new activities that are happening in rural areas: agriculture and forestry (remaining activities), small industry, handicrafts and services, rural tourism, housing, social life and culture, preservation of natural environment cultivation of cultural heritage, education and telecommunications development. The mobile communications have created new opportunities for computerization of activities carried out in the countryside. Thus, broadband penetration in Romania is still lagging behind the European average, with a rate of 21% to 8% in small towns and rural areas, according to Eurostat, Romanian and nearly two thirds have never used the Internet, according to European Commission statistics Technology Information and Romania is placed at the end of the ranking in terms of infrastructure, penetration of the Internet and online services. In Europe, in recent years may find a systematic approach, supported by the European Commission and national governments to use IT in their activities in rural areas, these issues are highlighted in the present article.

Key words: information technology, internet, rural development, infrastructure