June 2006 issue
- Broadband penetration: in December 2005, four countries had over 25 subscribers per 100 inhabitants (Iceland, Korea, the Netherlands and Denmark).
- Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP): Japan leads the OECD in with 4.6 million fibre subscribers at the end of 2005.
- Pricing and Policy Trends for Multiple Play: Covering 87 broadband Internet firms in the 30 OECD countries, this report compares developments in multiple play offers of video, voice and data services.
International OECD Conference on ‘The Future Digital Economy: Digital content: Creation, Access and distribution’
Digital content is increasingly important across all media and publishing industries and pervasive in the public sector, education and health. Rapid changes in value chains for digital content development, production, delivery and use and the creation of new commercial business models are posing new policy challenges for business and governments. Over eighty speakers and four hundred participants from business, government, content producers and users and research debated the rapid development and use of digital content in this ground-breaking conference. Web streams and presentations, as well as summary and digital content policy paper are available. The OECD also recently held a workshop on access and commercial re-use of public sector information.
The OECD published its Anti-Spam Toolkit...
...a "how-to" manual for policy makers facing spam. New recommendations urge governments and industry to coordinate more on spam. The toolkit annexes contain best practices for ISPs and e-mail marketers.
Workshop and multidisciplinary project on the Future of the Internet
Policy-makers, leading academics, private sector and civil society organisations discussed the trends shaping the future of the Internet, explored the various approaches –technical, economic, and regulatory– that can be taken to create new functionality, new uses and increased trust in the Internet, to promote its sustained growth and adoption, and to identify opportunities for increased international cooperation on pressing issues.
This workshop is the beginning of the ICCP's multidisciplinary project on the Future of the Internet which will analyse and draw policy messages on three far-reaching trends:
- The Internet is becoming the global platform to deliver content with convergence towards IP for voice, video and data services;
- The Internet is an essential element in the socio-economic infrastructure of OECD and world economies, and a catalyst for globalisation and;
- As our dependence on the Internet increases, so does the need to maintain its integrity, to maintain it as a trusted system, and to promote its use.
The goal of the OECD Committee on Information, Computers and Communication Policy is to help governments maximise the benefits of the "information society". Emerging trends in ICT technologies, applications and uses constantly challenge policy development and co-ordination. Through benchmarking and analysis, the Committee is able to help countries with analysis, recommendations and best practices.
More information about OECD work on the information society.
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