IIC is an organization that provides a platform for discussion of ICT policy and regulation with a specialized focus. They are spending a week in our neck of the woods, Bangkok. The main conference will be on October 12-13. Here are the two sessions I am participating in on Day 1.
SESSION 2: LINKING ICT POLICY AND REGULATION WITH SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH – WHAT MUST BE DONE DIFFERENTLY TO ALLEVIATE OBSTACLES TO UNIVERSAL CONNECTIVITY AND ACCESSIBILITY?
State of union update on connectivity from UN and World Bank – role of the Internet as a key driver for economic growth
What are the implications for regulators and industry? What is working, what is not?
Quality of service and economic geography in developing markets, and rural areas
What’s needed to encourage technology innovation and at the same time safeguard critical systems?
Breakout A1: The future of Universal Service Obligations
How to make Universal Services Obligations (USO) funds more effective and efficient in closing the digital divide
What subsidies and universal service regimes are appropriate in today’s world? Why subsidise fixed line voice?
What kind of regulatory reform or innovation could maximize the performance of USO funds versus their objectives? What are examples of best practice?
Can and should there be a regulatory provision of “universal service bands” in terms of spectrum resources to complement USO funds?