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2006 Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2006

Regulating in the Broadband World

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The 7th edition of Trends in Telecommunication Reform examines the regulatory challenges and opportunities of enabling ICT development. The report provides regulators with tools they can use to promote effective and innovative development and use of ICTs in a competitive environment. This report provides an overview of developments in the ICT sector, specifically focusing on broadband, its advent, the technologies, the role of the regulator in broadband development, broadband spectrum management, voice over IP (VoIP) regulation, international efforts to combat spam (including a model law and enforceable code of conduct), and identifies best practices. The report is structured into eight chapters.

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The role of the regulatory in broadband development

Previous chapters have explored the promising landscape of new broadband opportunities that is emerging as waves of innovation reshape the ICT sector. These innovations are occurring across all aspects of the industry, from technological developments and business models to regulatory and policy frameworks, creating broadband opportunities for end users, large-scale network operators, small entrepreneurs, local communities and governments alike. New broadband opportunities require a new vision by potential broadband providers, and a new paradigm for policy-makers and regulators. Broadband is completely transforming the ICT sector. Put simply, broadband cannot be treated as “business as usual.”

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