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This paper examines one narrow aspect of the digital divide, the effects of regulatory reform on telecommunication networks. While regulatory reform is only one part of the global digital divide problem, it can play a key role in helping telecommunication markets bridge some of the gaps.
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Over the last several years, a number of the major network operators have put in place network upgrade plans to implement next generation networks (NGN).
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The commercialisation of Third Generation (3G) mobile services in the OECD has been delayed for a number of reasons. These include the delay in delivery of 3G terminal equipment, other technological problems and the financial crises affecting the telecommunications industry
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The Domain Name System’s need to have unique identifiers, and a consequent need for there to be a single registry for each name, means that any registry can exercise a degree of monopoly power over the domain for which it has responsibility.
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Digital technologies and the diffusion of new transmission technologies have increased the number of platforms capable of providing video transmission, and have also altered the traditional characteristics of broadcasting.
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As the development of broadband access builds momentum, policy makers are increasingly turning their attention to the availability of these services in rural and remote areas.
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Broadband Internet is providing not only text, data and images, but also entertainment content, resulting in a process whereby Internet (telecommunications) and broadcasting applications are starting to converge.
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The purpose of this report is to examine the pros and cons of the assignment of spectrum based on auctions and assignment based on a comparative selection (beauty contest).