Ubiquitous Broadband: Taking Universal Connectivity From Pipe Dream to Reality
There is little argument over the importance of ubiquitous broadband. Consumers enjoy faster access to richer content. Businesses profit from improved efficiency and reduced transaction costs. Governments benefit from increased investment and growth, particularly in rural and remote areas. To capitalize on this opportunity, governments around the world are currently undertaking programs to digitize and modernize their services on a massive scale. The question facing national and regional governments today is not whether to intervene to encourage infrastructure deployment, but how. For the telecommunications industry, the key question is how to best seize the global opportunities that intervention offers. This paper explores the answers to these questions.