Online discussion on State of Broadband – Policy day

I like the way page 28 of the strategy document outlines policy focus for
each of the 7 thematic areas. However, one cant fail to notice the pending
policies that are critical for promotion of broadband. What is the status
of these documents?

• Critical Infrastructure

• Revised sector regulations

• ICT policy

• Enforcement of the Copyright Act

• Kenya Industrial Property Act

We should also have a framework that structures how these policies feed
into each other to minimize overlaps and wastage of resources.

On Thu, Apr 25, 2019 at 1:35 PM Mwendwa Kivuva via kictanet <> wrote:

> Thank you Listers, we have had a great debate so far. There are so many
> issues that have remained hanging on the first thread. I hope we can
> continue debate on those issues, and tie the loose ends.
> We will move on to broadband policies.
> Here is a brief background. Kenya enacted a National Broadband Strategy
> in 2013. This was updated to the Draft National Broadband Strategy 2023
> <>
> that takes into account recent technological, industry trends and market
> realities. The Draft strategy went through public participation in March
> 2019. It covers; Infrastructure and connectivity, Content services and
> applications, Policy – regulations and Legislation, Capacity building and
> innovations, Broadband devices, Finance and investment, Privacy and
> Security, Role of stakeholders in expanding broadband penetration,
> Governance and delivery framework. The outcome of the public participation
> has not been released to the public by the National Broadband Strategy
> Steering Committee. We hope to get an update on that.
> We also have the ICT Policy 2006, and the yet to be ratified Draft ICT
> policy 2016. The ICT policy should be the overarching policy on which the
> other policies in the sector branch from. Probably we will get an
> explanation on how new ICT related strategies are being drafted without an
> updated ICT policy.
> This leads to the following questions:
> 1. How is the sector regulated and what complimentary policies are in
> place?
> 2. What complimentary laws and regulations are in place that either
> stifle, or promote broadband?
> 3. How is the business environment for those who want to venture into
> provision of broadband services?
> 4. What policy interventions can be put in place to promote broadband
> uptake?
> Looking forward to a great policy day.
> Sincerely,
> ______________________
> Mwendwa Kivuva
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