7. Wholesale Broadband Networks

On the face of it, wholesaling broadband services allows other service providers to resell an incumbent telco’s broadband services and enables access to the copper loops, allowing other providers to deploy their own services. The periodic Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD1) Broadband Statistics report is a common benchmark to compare how participating OECD countries fare against one another in various metrics. One such metric is the number of connected broadband subscribers. Most countries in the OECD, including New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands, have government fiats for the incumbent to provide competitors some kind of access to its broadband network. ...

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