ITIF Report Explains International Broadband Leadership; Includes New 2008 ITIF Broadband Rankings
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The federal government should create a national broadband strategy, create incentives and support efforts to boost broadband demand in order to increase broadband access, according to a new report released today. The report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation finds that the U.S. government could and should learn from the successful broadband policies followed by other governments.
In a new report examining broadband policies in 9 nations, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) finds that while we shouldn't look to other nations for silver bullets or assume that practices in one nation will automatically work in another, U.S. policymakers can and should look to broadband best practices in other nations. Learning the right lessons and emulating the right policies here will enable the United States to improve our broadband performance faster than in the absence of proactive policies. These lessons include:
Leadership matters. Nations with robust national broadband strategies fare better than those without. For example, leadership from the very top of the Japanese government and corporate world, including Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori and Sony Chairman Nobuyuki Idei, helped craft and implement a strategy to make Japan the "world’s leading IT nation" by 2005.
Incentives matter. Because it is expensive for operators to deploy broadband networks, many countries have provided financial incentives. For example, the Swedish government