PurposeThis paper aims to examine the aspiration to world-class broadband in a number of countries.Design/methodology/approachThis study includes a review of the various approaches taken by countries, consultants and intergovernmental organisations.FindingsThe term “world class” is used relatively vaguely, without any significant link to long-term improvements in national performance, rather to an aspiration to being close to the leaders.Research limitations/implicationsThe use of benchmarking in lobbying needs further study, as does the quality of lobbying.Practical implicationsGovernments need to make explicit their policy aims in addition to any world-class headline and need to aim for design improvement in their governance systems.Originality/valueThis is the first review of benchmarking of broadband at the national level.
Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance – Emerald Publishing
Published: May 8, 2017
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