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Broadband in Latin America

Beyond connectivity

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The policy analyses and proposals presented in this book focus on national programmes to foster universal broadband access and the debate on Internet neutrality. The study of the current trends highlights the progress of cloud computing and the new developments induced by the entrance of over-the-top operators in the Latin American and Caribbean region. This book underscores the need to expand regional and national Internet traffic exchange points (IXPs) and the relevance of the increasing demand gap, which poses new challenges beyond those related to access and connectivity.

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The shifting digital paradigm in Latin America

Since the release of Fast-tracking the digital revolution: Broadband for Latin America and the Caribbean, governments in the region have accelerated policy design and implementation to expand broadband access for the public and for businesses (Jordán, Galperín and Peres, 2010). Two years is a relatively short time in which to evaluate progress on expanding the infrastructure that is so important for broadband development. And the growing array of promising services based on applications requiring broadband increasingly calls for urgent policy measures. However, because of advances in Internet-based applications and services, policies alone will not expand access. While important, they must be viewed in a broader context within a vision of future that considers the impact of the hyperconnected world on the global economy (World Economic Forum, 2012).

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