Broadband Strategies Handbook

Broadband Strategies Handbook

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The Broadband Strategies Handbook is a guide for policymakers, regulators, and other relevant stakeholders as they address issues related to broadband development. It aims to help readers, particularly those in developing countries, by identifying issues and challenges in broadband development, analyzing potential solutions to consider, and providing practical examples from countries that have addressed broadband-related matters.

The Handbook looks at how broadband is defined, why it is important, and how its development can be encouraged. Throughout the volume, broadband is viewed as an ecosystem consisting of both supply and demand components, both of which are equally important if the expansion of broadband networks and services is to be successful. In addressing the challenges and opportunities that broadband gives rise to, the Handbook discusses the policies and strategies that government officials and others should consider when developing broadband plans, including the legal and regulatory issues, what technologies are used to provide broadband, how to facilitate universal broadband access, and how to generate demand for broadband services and applications.

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ISBN-13: 9780821389461
Publisher: World Bank Publications
Publication date: 03/16/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Acknowledgments xv

About the Authors xvii

Abbreviations xviii

Executive Summary xxv

Chapter 1 Building Broadband 1

What Is Broadband? 3

Why Is Broadband Important? 4

What Market Trends Are Fostering Broadband Deployment? 19

How Can Broadband Development Be Supported? 24

Notes 30

References 31

Chapter 2 Policy Approaches to Promoting Broadband Development 37

The Public Sector's Evolving Role in Broadband 38

How to Do It: Implementing Policies and Strategies to Enhance Broadband Development 44

Financing Broadband Development 63

Measurement, Monitoring, and Evaluation: Checking Progress 76

Notes 84

Refernces 87

Chapter 3 Law and Regulation for a Broadband World 91

Licensing and Authorization Frameworks 92

Spectrum Management to Foster Broadband 96

IP Based Interconnection 104

Access to Infrastructure 111

Opening Vertically Integrated Markets 121

Network Neutrality 124

Security in Cyberspace 129

Privacy and Data Protection 134

Regulation of Broadband Content 138

Notes 143

References 147

Chapter 4 Extending Universal Broadband Access and Use 155

Universal Access Strategy and Broadband Development 156

Mechanisms to Drive Universal Broadband Access 163

Instruments of Fiscal Support for Universal Broadband Access 171

Notes 189

References 191

Chapter 5 Technologies to Support Deployment of Broadband Infrastructure 195

Overview of Broadband Networks 195

Basic Technologies for Broadband Connectivity 201

International Connectivity 205

Domestic Backbone 210

Metropolitan Connectivity 218

Local Connectivity 221

Notes 241

References 244

Chapter 6 Driving Demand for Broadband Networks and Services 247

Awareness 249

Affordability 259

Attractiveness 269

Notes 286

References 289

Chapter 7 Global Footprints: Stories from and for the Developing World 295

Broadband and Global Goals for Developing Countries 296

Broadband Bottlenecks and Opportunities in Developing Regions 299

Regional Developments 303

Countries in Special Circumstances 315

Broadband Experiences in Selected Countries 318

Notes 330

References 331

Appendix A Weblinks to National Broadband Plans 335

Appendix B Policies and Programs for Promoting Broadband in Developing Countries 337

Index 349


1.1 Examples of Broadband's Effects on Economic Growth around the World 7

1.2 Examples of Broadband's Potential Impacts on Innovation in R&D and Business Operations 12

1.3 Mobile Health Services in Nigeria 17

1.4 User Trends That Promote Demand for Broadband 23

1.5 Capacity to Absorb Technology and the Economic Impact of Broadband Enabled ICTs: The Examples of Italy and Sweden 29

2.1 Public Sector's Role in Fostering Broadband Development: Key Lessons 43

2.2 Broadband Strategies in Middle-Income Countries 47

2.3 General Elements for Governments to Consider When Creating Policies and Strategies 48

2.4 Experience in the European Union with State Aid for Financing Broadband 70

2.5 Municipal Broadband Initiatives in Italy and the Netherlands 74

3.1 Summary of the Digital Television Transition and Digital Dividend Activities around the World 105

3.2 Challenges and Successes of Implementing an Internet Exchange Point in Kenya 107

3.3 Competition Analysis in the International Internet Connectivity Market in Nigeria 113

3.4 Computer Emergency Response Teams 131

4.1 Rural Broadband Connectivity in the Dominican Republic 161

4.2 Chile's Digital Connectivity Plan 162

4.3 Broadband Development in Remote and Underserved Locations: Lessons from Peru 166

4.4 Universal Service Subsidies in Mongolia 173

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