OECD Study of Municipal Broadband Networks

"This report gives support for the notion that broadband speed matters and that high speed broadband networks genereate positive benefits, contribute to economic growth, as well as to making firms more productive, based on an analysis of broadband, ICT and firm productivity in the United Kingdom and an econometric analysis of high speed broadband networks in Sweden. There is also some indications that broadband networks can substitute for some types of transport and that they contribute to the creation of employment opportunities. Given the increased number of elderly in OECD countries, it is also possible to use high speed networks to provide more cost efficient home care services, and when these networks are in place they can potentially make a substantial contribution to lowering costs."

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