The State of Broadband 2017

Broadband Catalyzing Sustainable Development

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Since its establishment in 2010 by ITU and UNESCO, the Broadband Commission has sought to promote the adoption of effective and inclusive broadband policies and practices in countries around the world, with a view to achieving more inclusive and sustainable development by empowering individuals and society through the benefits of broadband and on the basis of respecting human rights. This annual report from the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development showcases the state and trends in broadband deployments around the world.



Progress in Policy and Regulation

Accompanying such growth in subscriber numbers and usage, policy and regulatory frameworks are being adapted to keep up with the tremendous pace of technological change. As technologies continue to develop, regulatory efforts should be designed to promote competition, investment, and innovation. Appropriate regulation for any given digital communications market is a trade-off that requires consideration and restraint, including consideration of whether there is a need to pass sector specific legislation or whether existing legislation is sufficient to maintain principles of law "on and off-line". This chapter first considers National Broadband Plans as overarching statements of policy, principles or intent, and then considers some of the trends in supporting regulation as the means to achieve those policies.


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