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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This chapter addresses trends in network and service convergence, its implications for broadband competition, innovation and investment dynamics, and provides a set of good practices to respond to opportunities and challenges. It examines changes in the value chain of broadband access and services and suggests that they be addressed in a holistic fashion, covering not only network infrastructure and traditional service providers, but also content, application and the so-called over-the-top providers (OTTs). The main policy and regulatory practices relevant to convergence are explained, including convergent regulators, convergent licensing regimes and bundling practices, and issues related to Internet openness.

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