Competition

Financing of the Roll-out of Broadband Networks

 

Over the last twenty years there has been a widespread recognition of the role played by high speed broadband in supporting economic growth. Many countries have set ambitious objectives of national high-speed broadband coverage. Investments by private telecom companies may not be enough to reach these objectives, in particular in less populated rural areas, since the upfront investment required to deploy the necessary infrastructure are very high and the returns uncertain.

Hence, national and local governments have been exploring alternative solutions to fund this infrastructure, ranging from allowing private joint ventures between competing telecom companies, to providing public funding and participating in public private partnerships.

Competition delegates discussed in their meeting in June 2014 the financing of the roll-out of broadband networks and examined alternative ways in which governments are ensuring the deployment of the infrastructure necessary to ensure high speed broadband access across their territory, and their impact on competition.

In particular the discussion focused on:

  • when and why governments are getting involved in the development of the infrastructure rather than relying on market forces;
  • what forms this involvement is taking;
  • what are the impact this involvement may have on competition in the provision of broadband services;
  • if and how all costs as well as the benefits of public intervention have been assessed.
 

RELATED WORK

Television and Broadcasting (2013)

Digital Economy - Hearing (2012)

Competition Policy in Subsidies and State Aid (2001)

Regulation Issues in Telecommunications (2001)

 

SEE ALSO

Competition Home Page 

All Competition Policy Roundtables

Other Competition issues under discussion

DOWNLOADS - JUNE 2014 SESSION DOCUMENTATION 

Speakers Presentations 

The State of Broadband 2014 by Phillippa Biggs

State aid for broadband deployment by the European Union

 

Papers for reference

Broadband Networks and Open Access Mar-2013

Next Generation Access Networks and Market Structures Jun-2011

National Broadband Plans Jun-2011

Fibre Access - Network Developments in the OECD Area Jun- 2011

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