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Achieving universal broadband

Considerations in emerging and mature markets.

This talk took place on Thursday 9th October 2014 as part of the IIC Annual Conference in Vienna.

  • The cost of being on the wrong side of the “digital divide” is becoming greater all of the time, which underpins many initiatives, yet a significant percentage of households are often highly expensive to reach
  • Should governments ensure those consumers get something else (e.g. satellite or LTE broadband) instead? Or leave them be? How to persuade/educate those consumers who could take up broadband, but haven’t?
  • What does Universal Service mean in a digital world? What about the potentially distortive effects (in terms of competition) that universal service can have on the market?

In the Chair

  • Howard S.H. Shyr, Chairperson, National Communications Commission (Taiwan)


  • Juha Ala-Mursula, Executive Director, BusinessOulu, Finland
  • Thomas M. Dailey, Vice President and General Counsel International Operations and Regulatory, Verizon Corporation
  • Nievia Ramsundar, Corporate Secretary, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad & Tobago
  • James Filippatos, Vice President Global Public Policy, The Walt Disney Company


  • Thursday, 09 October 2014

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