Conference : Regional International Telecommunications Society India Conference 2012, New Delhi, India, February 22-24, 2012
Presenter : Dr Prabir Neogi, Industry of Canada and Prof Rekha Jain, IIMA
Broadband is seen by many countries as a basic infrastructure which will help facilitate economic growth, participation in the Internet economy and increased competitiveness. Given the benefits of ubiquitous broadband deployment and availability, over 20 countries have launched major national initiatives to accelerate broadband deployment, or are formulating such strategies. These include Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Sweden, the USA and UK, and the European Union as a whole.
In this paper we have examined a selected set of national broadband strategies and their associated telecommunications and information policy issues, including goals, targets, funding models, the role of governments and implementation strategies, with a view to finding out what worked, what did not, the problems encountered and lessons of general applicability which might be of interest to policymakers in developing countries like India. Policymakers need to define the appropriate roles of governments, if any, beyond the traditional regulatory role, recognizing the need to tailor these roles to particular national circumstances.