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Broadband Policies for Latin America and the Caribbean

A Digital Economy Toolkit

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This joint initiative by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the OECD seeks to encourage the expansion of broadband networks and services in the region, supporting a coherent and cross-sectorial approach, to maximise their benefits for economic and social development. Drawing on a wealth of experience from LAC and OECD countries, the Toolkit outlines the main policy objectives in this area and provides guidance for their measurement, an overview of developments in the region, and a compilation of good practices in several areas related to broadband policy making. 

This comprehensive volume encompasses a wealth of areas including digital strategies, regulatory frameworks, spectrum management, competition and infrastructure bottlenecks, broadband access, affordability, sector taxation, inclusion, convergence, regional integration, education, skills, business uptake, entrepreneurship, local content, e-health, digital government, consumer policy, and digital security and privacy.

 

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Broadband and beyond in Latin America and the Caribbean

This introductory chapter provides background for all other chapters in this Toolkit. It discusses the role of broadband in accelerating economic and social development, the need for holistic broadband policies and the objective of a regional broadband policy toolkit. It also provides an overview of the situation in the Latin America and Caribbean region, by presenting leading indicators as well as opportunities and challenges related to broadband deployment and adoption. This chapter concludes by summarising good practices identified throughout the Toolkit.

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