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 policy assessment and evaluation

Evaluating procedures in formulating ICT policy goals and instruments is increasingly important in OECD countries; and evaluation has become a more common policy tool. Over the previous three years, some OECD countries have set up annual reviews or study groups to periodically reassess regulations and market developments. OECD countries are convening expert groups to review the market and make policy suggestions. For example, in the UK the government set up its Broadband Study Group (BSG) as an independent advisory body on the development and implementation of a suitable broadband strategy.


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