This document has been prepared by the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications (ITL). Its purpose is to propose an action plan and organisational model for transition to the modern information society infrastructure in Estonia that contributes foremost to a better business and living environment in rural areas. The document gives a comprehensive overview of how the information and communications technologies influence the economy, environment and society and the examples of the other countries’ experience in this area. The document relies on a survey ordered by the ITL from Ericsson Eesti AS, which questioned the representatives of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, the Competition Board, the Technical Surveillance Authority and nine electronic communications operators in Estonia. In preparing the document the ITL also took into account relevant international surveys, positions of the institutions of the European Union and work carried out by other countries in this area. The document has been prepared under the management of the steering group consisting of the representatives of the following communications operators: Elion Ettevõtted AS, Elisa Eesti AS, Starman AS, Televõrgud AS, Levira AS and Santa Monika Networks AS. Employees of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications were also involved in preparing this document as well.

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