2003 Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2003

Promoting Universal Access to ICTs. Practical tools for regulators

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The fifth edition of Trends in Telecommunication Reform explores the tools regulators can use to promote universal access/service. The report provides an overview of universal access/service, the role of sector reform, creation and operation of a universal service fund, the role of minimum subsidy auction, how consumer tariffs and interconnection rates affect the viability of rural universal access/service projects, public access strategies including telecentres, and how regulators can foster entrepreneurial solutions to rural access. The report is structured into eight chapters.



The role of sector reform in achieving universal access

Increasingly, policy-makers and industry experts are altering their views of un-served and under-served areas within their national borders, regarding them less as intractable problems and more as potential markets for investment, given the right regulatory conditions. Creating those conditions is a function of sector reform processes, which are ongoing in many developing nations. This chapter explores the function of sector reform movements, and particularly the development of competition, in meeting universal access goals.


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