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The purpose of this study was to analyse the macroeconomic impact of the accelerated adoption of broadband communications on the economy of the European Community over the next 15 years. The benefits for the economy were estimated from the point of view of specific sectors, where the impact of advanced communications on productivity was particularly high. Increased benefits in terms of the introduction of incentives and regulatory support to the diffusion of broadband were then examined. Three different scenarios were used: (i) a neutral scenario, used as a baseline case, assuming the continuation of the present situation, without specific incentives for broadband; (ii) a proactive scenario, where the deployment and adoption by users of broadband communications is given regulatory support and some incentives at national and/or EC level; (iii) an accelerated scenario, with strong regulatory support and incentives. The study analysed the impact of adoption of broadband on labour productivity by sector, in order to reflect the actual complexity of the real economic environment.

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Authors: TEKNIBANK, Teknibank (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: CD-78-93-847-EN-C EN (1993) 80 pp.
Availability: Available from the RACE Programme Office, CEC, DG XIII, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE)
Record Number: 199330123 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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