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2012 Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2012

Smart Regulation for a Broadband World

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The annual Trends in Telecommunication Reform publications are a key part of the dialogue with the world's information and communications technology (ICT) policy-makers and regulators to ensure that all citizens can benefit from new applications, services and businesses opportunities brought by a broadband world.

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Open access regulation in the digital economy

The digital economy presents unprecedented challenges for ICT policy makers and regulators alike. Previous periods of major technological change occurred in an era of mostly government-owned monopolies – a regulatory model that lent itself to command and control investments. Indeed, in many countries, public ownership of the telecommunication networks was instigated precisely to enable the largescale network investment needed to provide affordable, ubiquitous telecommunication services.

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