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How to Engage in Broadband Policy and Regulatory Processes, Nagarkot, Nepal 2015

The 4-day residential course on ‘How to Engage in Broadband Policy and Regulatory Processes’ was held in Nagarkot, Nepal (28th – 31st March 2015). This is the forth of a series of short courses funded by Ford Foundation. The first two courses of this series mainly focused on producing knowledgeable consumers of research who are able to engage in broadband policy and regulatory processes, whereas this course and the last course in New Delhi, India incorporated how to produce policy-relevant research into the syllabus.

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A combination of teaching formats are used to enhance collaboration, open discussion and build a thorough grounding in Broadband Policy and Regulation. Lectures, panel discussions and team work are utilized as teaching tools.
The presentations of the course are below

Day 1

Session 1 – Introduction

Session 2 – Finding Research

Session 3 – Baseline knowledge about Nepal ICT

Assignment 1 – Group formation; Assignments explained and introduction of Broadband Website

Session 4 – Demand-side research

Day 2

Session 5 – Interrogating supply-side indicators

Session 6 – Assessing & summarizing research

Session 7 – Why and how of ICT policy, strategy and plans

Session 8 – Making spectrum available for broadband

Session 9 – Introduction to quantitative research

Day 3

Session 10 – National Broadband Networks of India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia: Comparative study

Session 11 – Demand-side stimulation

Session 12 –Challenges of implementing e government programs

Session 13 – The significance of international back-haul

Session 14 – Net neutrality, zero rating and their applicability in conditions of low Internet access

Day 4

Session 15 – Panel discussion on making policy & doing regulation in Nepal

Assignment – Mock public hearing

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