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Universal Access

Extending Universal Broadband Access and Use

Module 4, “Extending Universal Broadband Access and Use,” discusses what roles governments should play in promoting universal broadband access when market mechanisms do not meet goals for broadband access. This module seeks to define a broadband development strategy capable of addressing market failures, provide an overview of what policy-makers should do to address perceived shortfalls in the market. It discusses the universal service objectives that a government strategy may pursue, the role of private-led competitive markets in achieving these objectives, and the role of the government in narrowing or eliminating gaps between markets and the country’s development needs. It finally examines the use of fiscal resources to support private sector’s deployment of broadband especially in commercially non-viable areas.