For a streamlined, accessible version of the Handbook, consult the Broadband Strategies Toolkit, available here.
The Handbook consists of seven chapters and two appendices that look at how broadband is defined, why it is important and how its development can be encouraged. Throughout the Handbook, broadband is viewed as an ecosystem consisting of both supply and demand components, both of which are equally important if the expansion of broadband networks and services is to be successful. In addressing the challenges and opportunities that broadband gives rise to, the Handbook discusses the policies and strategies that government officials and others should consider when developing broadband plans, including the legal and regulatory issues, what technologies are used to provide broadband, how to facilitate universal broadband access, and how to generate demand for broadband services and applications.
Note: This is the final version of the Broadband Strategies Handbook, uploaded on March 2, 2012. It replaces an earlier pre-publication that was posted here.