New Broadband Commission Report focuses on bringing high-speed connectivity to the world’s poorest communities
The benefits of access to high speed internet, and how this transformational technology could be made accessible to all are the focus of a new report to be released by the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, during its third meeting to be held at UNESCO Headquarters on 6 June.
The report, “Broadband: A Platform for Progress,” provides a definition of broadband, explaining what it is, and how it serves as a powerful tool for accelerating economic and social development.
Comparing the development of broadband to the development of other essential infrastructures such as roads and electricity, the report argues for the involvement of both government and business in enabling societies to benefit from the potential of information and communication technologies.
Numerous case studies from around the world highlight the link between increased connectivity and economic growth, notably in developing and emerging economies.
The Broadband Commission for Digital Development was established in 2010 by UNESCO and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), with the support of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, to promote the adoption of broadband-friendly practice and policies. It is chaired jointly by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Carlos Slim Hélu, Honorary Lifetime Chairman of Grupo Carso. UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré serve as vice chairs. They are joined by top-level figures fromgovernment, industry and international agencies, as well as those concerned with the content that will be delivered through broadband networks, from education to entertainment.
The full report and an executive summary will be available online from noon (Paris time) on 6 June at:
UNESCO: Sue Williams, Tel: +33 (0)1 4568 1706; s.williams(at)unesco.org
ITU: ITU Media Relations, Tel: +41 22 730 6039; pressinfo(at)itu.int