The State of Broadband 2015

Broadband as a Foundation for Sustainable Development

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This report explores what constitutes an effective National Broadband Plan to boost the deployment of broadband and maximize its impact as a crosssectoral driver underpinning progress. It is now more important than ever that developing countries prioritize digital development in order to enhance their national competitiveness and to deliver tangible improvements in their citizens’ living standards and welfare, including closing gender gaps in access to ICTs and broadband.



Policy Recommendations to Maximize access to broadband

A range of policy options are available to maximize access to broadband, and to capitalize on its benefits. These policy options can broadly be divided into supplyside measures and demand-side measures, although some policy measures can promote both – for example, the adoption of a NBP promoting development of content and human capacities; monitoring; and tax reductions to reduce overall tariffs and promote affordability.


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