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Promoting Broadband
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As local and national governments prepare for the challenges of the information society, there is much interest in who is doing well, and who is doing poorly, in broadband Internet access. Broadband access is being touted as a way for governments to attract investment, ensure future economic prosperity and provide enhanced social welfare. But among developing countries, there is a fear that the huge investments necessary to establish wide-scale broadband access will open up a new digital divide.

This workshop examined the different strategies that have been followed by ITU Member States, at local and national levels, for promoting the deployment and use of broadband networks. The key research question was why some economies have been more successful than others and whether this success can be replicated.

The topic "promoting broadband" was selected on the basis of priorities expressed by ITU Member States and Sector Members. This and other topics in the New Initiatives series are chosen on the basis of a regular questionnaire sent to all ITU Member States and Sector Members.

Workshop objectives

In April 2003, the ITU Secretary-General convened a small group of policy-makers, broadband service providers, telecommunication regulators, academics, and various other experts, serving in an individual capacity, to discuss the best ways to promote broadband deployment and use around the world. Through these discussions, the workshop attempted to identify the characteristics of successful broadband deployment that can be used by other governments, especially in developing countries, in establishing their own broadband policies.

The New Initiatives workshop on promoting broadband took place from 9 to 11 April 2003 at the ITU headquarters in Geneva. All documents and presentations are available from the links below.
Other Resources
Broadband - Background Links
ITU - Strategy and Policy Unit
ITU - Regulatory Implications of Broadband Workshop - 2001
Background Paper PDF Word 
Case Studies
  Canada PDF Word
  Iceland PDF Word
  Japan PDF Word
  Korea, Republic of PDF  
  Hong Kong, China PDF  


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