OECD Review of Telecommunication Policy and Regulation in Colombia

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As have OECD countries, Colombia has recognised that the communications sector, and in particular high-speed Internet access provided by fixed and mobile broadband, represents a key infrastructure for improving productivity and economic growth and in enhancing the welfare of its citizens. This report reviews policies and regulations in the telecommunication service sector in Colombia. It puts forward recommendations aimed at furthering regulatory reform and stimulating market competition and investment in the sector as a building block for the future development of the Colombian economy. It aims to help achieve one of the government's goals, which is to develop a knowledge-intensive society.

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Regulatory structures and their reform in Colombia

Chapter 2 examines the design of the institutional framework for telecommunication policy and regulation, which was recently reformed (2009). Most regulatory instruments used in OECD countries are present in Colombia’s legal framework, even though some have never been used. The chapter presents recent developments in the areas of ex-ante regulation, competition law, interconnection, universal service, spectrum policy and consumer protection, as well as the new challenges posed by convergence.

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