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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Regional integration

This chapter covers broadband access and regional integration. It addresses how broadband policy makers and regulators can benefit from closer regional co-ordination by sharing experiences, setting common principles or through harmonisation, if that is justified by economics of scale. Good practices to promote infrastructure deployment are also discussed, as well as competition and international connectivity among countries in the region and farther afield. Finally, the discussion turns to the question of how broadband access policy makers can advance regional integration, by responding to the challenges and opportunities of the developments in international mobile roaming and the Internet of Things (IoT).

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