Previous OECD Workshop on Broadband Metrics, 12-13 Oct. 2011


An OECD workshop on metrics for measuring broadband will be hosted by the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and co-chaired by the United States Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., United States, on 12-13 October 2011.


This technical workshop, entitled “Broadband and Its Impact on Consumers and Economies: Developing a New Framework for Future Metrics”, is a direct outcome of the OECD’s High Level Meeting on the Internet Economy that was held in Paris in June 2011. 


During the Internet Economy meeting, attended by high-level officials, including a number of Ministers and leaders from all stakeholder groups, there was agreement that collecting additional data, consistent across the OECD community, is critical for determining factors that affect broadband access and adoption and assessing what policies may best advance national broadband goals. 


The series of workshops, of which this is the first, offer an opportunity for policy and regulatory officials to work in tandem with statistical experts and academics to take stock of existing international data collections and to consider future work to further harmonize and augment broadband related data collections across OECD economies.


This two-day event will be based on a discussion of the list of broadband and ICT metrics presented in this OECD document, which has been under development by three of the working parties of the Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy. 


The event will be analytic and interactive in nature and preparation for the workshop discussion by all participants will be extensive. To foster an interactive and focused discussion, attendance will necessarily be by invitation, and a strong background with the technical issues is desirable.


You are also invited to speak or write directly to one of the workshop organisers, Ms. Tracey Weisler, FCC at 1-202-418-0744,, or the OECD Secretariat at



The OECD would like to thank AT&T and Google for their support. 



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