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Understanding the Impact of Policy, Regulation and Governance on Broadband Diffusion in the Developed and Developing Worlds

WithGIRISH J. “JEFF” GULATI AND DAVID J. YATES

Universal access to broadband Internet is critical to a nation’s ability to compete in a global economic environment (Crandall & Singer, 2010; Gillett et al., 2006; Greenstein & McDevitt, 2011), foster political and civic engagement, and enhance the quality of life of its citizens (FCC, 2010; West, 2005). While high-speed access to the Internet is far from universal, the number of subscribers to fi xed-line broadband has increased steadily since 2000. The number of subscribers surpassed the 500 million mark by the end of 2010, with 34% of all households subscribing to fi xed-line broadband. Estimates are that by the end of 2013, over 1 billion people around the world will be broadband subscribers (ITU, 2010; OECD, 2009).