Strategies for Rural Broadband: An economic and legal by Bernd Holznagel

By Bernd Holznagel

Achieving national high-speed broadband networks is essential to either the institution of equivalent residing stipulations in addition to all voters getting access to and collaborating within the info society. besides the fact that, the provision of broadband in rural components remains to be low. Overcoming the space among population-sparse and population-dense parts is a key factor at the details society schedule. Decision-makers – at municipal and nationwide degrees – are dealing with expanding strain to beat those discrepancies. This booklet promises insights for fast motion on degrees: The administration point of view addresses the industrial feasibility, whereas the criminal point of view presents municipal decision-makers with FAQ-type instructions for the fast implementation and criminal applicability of rural broadband rollout solutions.

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In terms of the penetration levels, as shown in Figure 4, the gaps between the rural areas 75 76 77 78 79 See Schweizerische Bundesrat (2007), FDV, Art. 16 Paragraph 2c. 1 for discussion. See ITIF (2009). See Atkinson et al. (2009), p. 3. See Idate (2007); whereas coverage refers to availability of DSL technology on telephone lines. 23 Relevance of broadband and the national averages are massive. g. Denmark a broadband penetration of 20 per cent per household. This total is separated into DSL penetration in rural areas of 10 % (dark area) and the resulting gap with DSL penetration to national average of 10 % (light area).

In Chapter 6, case study examples are presented. Chapter 7 presents the case study analysis results on an aggregated level. The major advantages and disadvantages of public-private partnerships (PPP) for rural FTTH projects – including the legal restrictions of national and common law – are addressed. In addition, the results of this study are presented in accordance with current international broadband programs. Chapter 8, which ends with a summary, shows up economic recommendations for market participants (including political decision-makers and governments) and indicates the opportunities for further research on how PPPs can deliver FTTH swiftly and sustainably to entire nations and regions.

This effect also drives global IP traffic, which is likely to increase five-fold between 2008 and 2013; according to the latest predictions, this equals a CAGR of 40% per year47. This is another reason why defining broadband can no longer be limited to a specific upload or download capacity. , collaboration, tele-work, maintenance and service). This approach does not limit the broadband speed and most importantly, leaves space for innovative, bandwidth-intense applications and services. Broadband access should be able to manage these existing applications, including HDTV, from at least 20 MBit/s downstream49.

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