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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.

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Broadband infrastructure

The growing economic and social importance of broadband has resulted in most member countries, as well as the OECD, monitoring markets on a regular basis. In particular, regulators have monitored broadband subscriber data in order to assess market penetration rates. The OECD has collected comparative data on broadband penetration on a quarterly basis since 2001. Broadband penetration is a significant indicator that allows countries to gauge their relative performance.

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