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Enabling the Information Society by Stimulating the Creation of a Broadband Environment in Europe

Analyses of Evolution Scenarios for Future Networking Technologies and Networks in Europe

Published 2003

by Maarten Botterman, Robert H. Anderson, Paul van Binst, Jonathan Cave, Martin C. Libicki, Andreas Ligtvoet, Robbin te Velde, Gert-Jan de Vries

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This report, Enabling the Information Society by Stimulating the Creation of a Broadband Environment in Europe, is the result of a study commissioned by the Directorate General Information Society of the European Commission. It is intended to create a better understanding of the pace and direction of developments in this area, mapped against an uncertain future, and to recommend policy options for government intervention as a background against which political decision making can take place. The study provides an analysis of the development of electronic networks in Europe and North America and their technical, economic and political drivers. It includes four scenarios depicting possible futures of electronic networks in Europe, a framework for policy formulation, analyses of selected current policies and observations regarding possible policy measures and the input of experts and stakeholders in the field during a workshop in Brussels. It concludes with a series of observations and recommendations for policy action and further research.

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