Broadband Plans in Latin America: Common Challenges, Diverse Solutions: Comparison of Mexico and Costa Rica

16 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2013  

J. Scott Marcus

Wissenschaftliches Institut für Infrastruktur und Kommunikationsdienste (WIK)

Federico Kuhlmann

Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

Date Written: May 13, 2013

Abstract

In recent years, recognizing the societal benefits of broadband, a great many countries have developed national broadband plans. These plans often seek to achieve two different goals, which are not always clearly distinguished:

* Provision of basic broadband to all, or as many as possible, at an affordable price; and

* Provision of ultra-fast broadband to those who want it and can afford it.

Latin American countries struggle against a number of common challenges, including:

* Varied population, with a wide variation in disposable income and education;

* Challenging topography and geography;

* A long history of monopoly or oligopoly control of the sector; and

* Institutional structures that struggle to introduce needed changes.

Different countries in the region have taken somewhat diverse approaches in an effort to overcome these barriers in order to bring the benefits of broadband to their respective populations. These approaches typically reflect national circumstances and experience.

Suggested Citation

Marcus, J. Scott and Kuhlmann, Federico, Broadband Plans in Latin America: Common Challenges, Diverse Solutions: Comparison of Mexico and Costa Rica (May 13, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2285128 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2285128

J. Scott Marcus (Contact Author)

Wissenschaftliches Institut für Infrastruktur und Kommunikationsdienste (WIK) ( email )

Rhöndorfer Str. 68
53604 Bad Honnef, 53604
Germany

Federico Kuhlmann

Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) ( email )

Av. Camino a Sta. Teresa 930
Col. Héroes de Padierna
Mexico City, D.F. 01000, Federal District 01080
Mexico

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