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Public Policies for Broadband Development in the European Union: New Trends for Universalisation of Services

Public Policies for Broadband Development in the European Union: New Trends for Universalisation of Services
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Author(s): Claudio Feijoo (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain), José Luis Gómez Barroso (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Spain), Sergio Ramos (Redtel, Spain) and David Rojo-Alonso (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 13
Source title: Handbook of Research on Overcoming Digital Divides: Constructing an Equitable and Competitive Information Society
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Enrico Ferro (Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB), Italy), Yogesh K. Dwivedi (Swansea University, UK), J. Ramon Gil-Garcia (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), Mexico) and Michael D. Williams (Swansea University, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-699-0.ch022

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Abstract

The European Lisbon strategy considers that the generalised availability of broadband accesses is one of the European Union’s greatest challenges. In this context, the EU member states have launched information society development programmes which dedicate major sections to fighting against the digital exclusion and plan the geographical extension of broadband accesses. In all of them, it is acknowledged the role of public policies in complementing the effective operation of the market, addressing both the supply and demand sides. The aim of this chapter is to review how the objective of generalised broadband deployment can be achieved, and what instruments the public administrations are using to pursue it. The chapter includes, in particular, a comparison of practical implementations of broadband development policies, their relationships with universal service obligations, and, finally, the implications of using this segmented approach.

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