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Policymakers should think carefully before reaching decisions about the use of public money for broadband development.

That is according to a new report published yesterday (May 20th) by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which has suggested that there are various "key elements" which must be considered before any final choices are made.

In its report, the organisation noted that the investment of public money into the development of broadband will largely be used to improve either connections in rural areas or "networks with very-high-speed lines capable of supporting competitive services".

The OECD stressed that while broadband is clearly important for both consumers and businesses, a balance between what is needed for the two different groups should be struck.

In the report it said: "New investments can potentially improve innovation and growth.

"Policymakers can maximise these impacts by considering the marginal impacts of each investment, its ability to be upgraded to support new services, the benefits to businesses and households and the balance between backhaul and last-kilometre capacity."

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