Broadband Policies for Latin America and the Caribbean

A Digital Economy Toolkit

This joint initiative by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the OECD seeks to encourage the expansion of broadband networks and services in the region, supporting a coherent and cross-sectorial approach, to maximise their benefits for economic and social development. Drawing on a wealth of experience from LAC and OECD countries, the Toolkit outlines the main policy objectives in this area and provides guidance for their measurement, an overview of developments in the region, and a compilation of good practices in several areas related to broadband policy making.  This comprehensive volume encompasses a wealth of areas including digital strategies, regulatory frameworks, spectrum management, competition and infrastructure bottlenecks, broadband access, affordability, sector taxation, inclusion, convergence, regional integration, education, skills, business uptake, entrepreneurship, local content, e-health, digital government, consumer policy, and digital security and privacy.  

Published on June 21, 2016Also available in: Spanish

SUMMARIESavailable in 3 languages

English Broadband Policies for Latin America and the Caribbean (Summary in English)
Spanish Políticas de banda ancha para América Latina y el Caribe
Portuguese Políticas de Banda Larga para a América Latina e as Caraíbas


Executive summary
Broadband and beyond in Latin America and the Caribbean
Regulatory frameworks and digital strategies
Spectrum policy
Competition and infrastructure bottlenecks
Extending broadband access and services
Affordability, government charges and digital inclusion
Regional integration
Skills and jobs in the digital economy
Business uptake, entrepreneurship and digital content
Digital government
Consumer protection and e-commerce
Digital security risk management
Privacy protection
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