Broadband in Latin America

Beyond connectivity

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The policy analyses and proposals presented in this book focus on national programmes to foster universal broadband access and the debate on Internet neutrality. The study of the current trends highlights the progress of cloud computing and the new developments induced by the entrance of over-the-top operators in the Latin American and Caribbean region. This book underscores the need to expand regional and national Internet traffic exchange points (IXPs) and the relevance of the increasing demand gap, which poses new challenges beyond those related to access and connectivity.



National broadband plans

Sizeable public investment in the deployment of new network infrastructure and ambitious government initiatives to develop broadband services are unequivocal signs of the changing role of the State in the telecommunications sector. Contrary to the consensus that prevailed until a few years ago, governments are no longer content with regulating private-sector activity and using universalization funds to correct market failures. Government financing of networks and infrastructure, State participation in operating those networks, and a proactive telecommunications industry policy stance are all back in the toolbox for telecommunications sector policymakers.


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