This webinar brought together high-level policy and key decision makers from across the globe who discussed how to unleash the potential of the principles put forward in the OECD Recommendation to build a more connected world. The event provided a unique opportunity to learn about developments and best policy practices to extend and upgrade communication networks.
Reliable connectivity is a key pillar that enables digital transformation. With more people working, learning, and socialising online, the COVID-19 crisis has shown the importance of access to high-quality broadband services – for all – at affordable prices. However, persistent connectivity disparities are likely to accentuate the consequences of the crisis and of digital divides more generally. In this unprecedented situation, the accessibility, capability and resilience of broadband networks have become even more critical.
The OECD Recommendation on Broadband Connectivity, adopted by the OECD Council in February 2021, responds to that need in providing a policy and regulation roadmap of overarching principles to extend connectivity and enhance the quality of broadband networks. It provides a key reference for policy makers and regulatory authorities to unleash the full potential of connectivity for the digital transformation and to ensure equal access for all users.
Building on the OECD Recommendation on Broadband Development (2004), the Recommendation on Broadband Connectivity is structured around five key pillars:
Fostering competition, investment, and innovation in broadband development.
Measures to eliminate digital divides and reduce barriers to broadband deployment.
Measures to ensure resilient, reliable, secure, and high-capacity networks.
Minimising negative environmental impacts of communication networks.