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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.

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The wireless revolution and universal access

Kofi Annan recently added his voice to a growing community of technologists, public policy officials and telecommunication practitioners who foresee a revolution in rural universal access. This revolution will be founded on a new suite of wireless technologies, matched by supportive public policies and business approaches, that can provide Internet access and voice service cheaply to rural and under-served communities.

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