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A new report on Universal Access and service funds; the collective investment imperative

The importance of ensuring universal availability and use of modern communications services has been recognised as a key element of public policies for more than a century. In pure economic terms, the “network externalities” that arise from expanding the base of users connected to such services ensure that increasing access results in greater overall value to all customers, suppliers, and society as a whole. From a social perspective, empowering citizens and communities to connect with each other, locally, nationally, and globally, magnifies the benefits of knowledge sharing and cultural integration immeasurably. These goals were implicitly understood even in the early stages of the development of telegraph and voice telephone networks, and were incorporated in the policies of public utilities such as American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T), British Telecom, and most other original state-owned or sanctioned telecommunications operators throughout the 20th century.
Report link; http://1e8q3q16vyc81g8l3h3md6q5f5e.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/A4AI-USAF_06.2015_FINAL.pdf

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