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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Business uptake, entrepreneurship and digital content

Most of the value of the Internet and the underlying infrastructure lies in the adoption and use of ICTs. This chapter describes how the Internet and ICTs support businesses, entrepreneurship and the development and distribution of local content. It examines the situation in the region and further presents a set of policy instruments that governments can use to promote ICT adoption, digital entrepreneurship and the production of local content. Overall, while some countries now have systematically included demand-side policies in their national digital agenda, more needs to be done to increase ICT adoption among firms, especially among small companies. This includes fostering entrepreneurial skills in LAC countries and promoting the development of content in the region that serves their needs.

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