Broadband Growth and Policies in OECD Countries

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Broadband connects consumers, businesses and governments and are now therefore a vital instrument in ensuring the competitiveness of OECD countries. This report examines broadband developments and policies, and highlights challenges such as connecting users to fibre-based networks or coverage of rural areas. It also outlines emerging issues that may need policy attention as we move to next-generation networks. The findings are also relevant to emerging and developing economies designing broadband strategies.


Broadband diffusion and usage

The value of broadband lies in the services it provides the applications it facilitates, and the content that can be accessed. What is also important is how users embrace this technology, and the impacts of expanded supply and use. Clearly, the relationship between the development of broadband infrastructure and the rollout of new broadband content and services (e.g. online government services) is a dynamic and interactive one.


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