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Universalization of telecommunications services: Public policies in the OECD and in Brazil

Cristiane V. Rauen (Economics Institute, State University of Campinas – UNICAMP, São Paulo, Brazil)
Célio Hiratuka (Economics Institute, State University of Campinas – UNICAMP, São Paulo, Brazil)
Paulo S. Fracalanza (Economics Institute, State University of Campinas – UNICAMP, São Paulo, Brazil)

International Journal of Development Issues

ISSN: 1446-8956

Article publication date: 4 July 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyze and compare the regulations and public policies for the universalization of telecommunications services taken by OECD countries and by Brazil.

Design/methodology/approach

This analysis was mainly based on OECD reports, on the legislation of the Brazilian telecommunication sector and on scientific articles and news related to the theme.

Findings

In accordance with the initiatives taken by OECD countries and with recent innovations arising from next generation networks, mainly based on internet protocols platforms, Brazil has also included broadband services in its universalization regulatory agenda. At the same time, the country has established several public programs aimed at expanding access to those services.

Practical implications

Nevertheless, it is pointed out that there are still many challenges to an increase in Brazilian broadband penetration rates.

Social implications

Therefore, it is suggested that, in Brazil's case, some of these problems could be overcome through a direct government intervention in association with competition and industrial policies.

Originality/value

The paper emphasizes that, although in line with the regulatory measures taken by developed countries, Brazilian telecom policies must be adapted taking into consideration the idiosyncrasies of this underdeveloped country.

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Citation

Rauen, C.V., Hiratuka, C. and Fracalanza, P.S. (2011), "Universalization of telecommunications services: Public policies in the OECD and in Brazil", International Journal of Development Issues, Vol. 10 No. 2, pp. 108-122. https://doi.org/10.1108/14468951111149069

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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