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 examines how broadband-enabled information and communication technologies (ICTs) can improve health care systems in Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) countries. It provides advice on the range of policy options, conditions and practices that policy makers can adapt to their country’s particular circumstances. Accelerating adoption and effective use of these technologies can help meet pressing public health needs and improve access to care. The analysis draws upon the considerable body of recent literature and on lessons learned from LAC case studies. Information is central to health systems, and can be put to a wide range of uses. Broadband networks and broader ICTs that permit timely and accurate collection and exchange of health data can also enhance co-ordination of care and more efficient use of resources. The chapter shows how various policy dimensions must be addressed to realise the potential gains from e-health through improved use of broadband and the ICTs it supports.

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