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Beyond Broadband AccessDeveloping Data-Based Information Policy Strategies$
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Richard D. Taylor and Amit M. Schejter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823251834

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823251834.001.0001

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Using Data for Policy Development

Using Data for Policy Development

Designing a Universal Service Fund for Tanzania

(p.209) Chapter 12 Using Data for Policy Development
Beyond Broadband Access

Heather E. Hudson

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines how data, primarily from existing sources, is being used to plan implementation of a universal service fund in Tanzania. It uses Tanzania as an example of relying primarily on existing data from multiple sources that could be used in other developing regions where time and/or resources to conduct dedicated field studies may be limited. The government of Tanzania has approved the creation of a Universal Communications Access Fund (UCAF) to extend communications services to unserved and underserved areas throughout the country, primarily in rural regions. Initial primary emphasis is to be on the extension of voice telephony to rural areas without connectivity and provision of public access to the Internet in rural communities. The chapter first provides an overview of Tanzania's telecommunications sector before explaining UCAF in more detail. It then considers the potential of information and communication technology for development in Tanzania, along with the issues that need to be addressed in implementing the country's universal service fund. It also discusses the importance of subsidies to expanding Internet access in rural areas and concludes by evaluating options for increasing access.

Keywords:   universal service fund, Tanzania, Universal Communications Access Fund, voice telephony, rural areas, telecommunications, information and communication technology, subsidies, Internet access

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