The role of governments and policymakers
Digital technologies and applications contribute to the economic strength, societal well-being, and effective governance of a nation. To reach the advanced stage of digitization and realize the wide-ranging benefits it offers, countries need support from the highest levels of government.
Realizing the opportunity that broadband presents will require policymakers to look beyond information and communications technology (ICT) and focus instead on digitization, with an emphasis on ICT usage, not access. By honestly assessing their country’s current level of digitization, they can ensure that they are focusing on the right investments to advance to the next stage. And they need to look with fresh eyes at policies that were developed a decade ago to understand how they can be updated for a new era.
The steps that policymakers take in the coming years will determine whether they can translate opportunity into reality.