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Keywords: broadband deployment, South Korea, FCC


In May, 2002, The Federal Communications Commission held the first in a series of meetings to address where the United States stands with regard to broadband deployment. Policy makers and industry are pressuring the FCC to lead the way in stimulating deployment and consumer demand. This is an unusual role for the FCC to assume given its traditional “hands-off” approach to technology issues. The FCC is looking at international broadband deployment models in an attempt to develop a national strategy for broadband deployment.

Although the U.S. ranks among the top in global broadband deployment, the FCC is looking at lessons learned by the more aggressive and successful Asian and European deployment efforts. Of particular interest is the importance of government’s role in broadband deployment. South Korean efforts, for example rely heavily on government intervention. Since 1998 government subsidies and incentives have been used to stimulate private investment in broadband networks. The South Korean government estimates that 57% of household have access to broadband services. It is unlikely that Korean broadband policy would translate well to the U.S. In South Korea “high bandwidth networks are treated as value-added services” and thus are free from most regulations. Also, there are few copyright disputes from content providers. Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong are also leaders in Asian broadband deployment.