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This technical workshop entitled “Identifying an Appropriate Set of Metrics and Indicators for Measuring Broadband and the Internet Economy” was hosted by Ofcom, the UK regulator for communication services, in London on 14-15 June 2012.

The event was a direct outcome of the OECD’s June 2011 High Level Meeting on the Internet Economy, at which there was an agreement that collecting additional data, consistent across the OECD community, is critical for determining factors that affect broadband access and adoption and assessing policies which may best advance national plans relating to broadband and the development of the Internet Economy.

A first workshop in October 2011, jointly hosted by the FCC and the Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., examined the OECD’s proposed metrics checklist to assess both the broad policy issue and the methodological underpinnings surrounding its further revision, adoption and ultimate implementation.

This goal of the June 2012 London workshop was then for participants to make a substantial advance in the development of new metrics for measuring broadband and the Internet Economy building on the discussions, so far, in particular, taking account of the outcome of the first workshop. The goals were, inter alia, to reach agreement on:

  • a new definition of broadband;
  • a subset of meaningful cross-sectional and time series data that can be implemented quickly and which describes the deployment of broadband services and who adopts them and what services are adopted;
  • comparable cross sectional and time series data both qualitative and quantitative that identifies the drivers of Internet usage and impacts on innovation, productivity and entrepreneurship within and across countries.

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The OECD would like to thank Google for its support of the workshop.