UN Broadband Commission: Time for a "New Deal" if Broadband is to reach everyone, everywhere

Posted in: Digital Divide at 19/03/2017 22:02

The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development held its 2017 Spring Meeting in Hong Kong, SAR of China, today, and committed to concrete actions that will spur the roll-out of broadband around the world. Currently, some 5 billion people are without mobile broadband access, meaning that the paths to access digital services and applications are currently blocked for much of the world's population, thereby holding back progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The need for a new deal between all broadband stakeholders was roundly debated, bringing renewed commitment to work towards full global connectivity and digital transformation. In particular, emphasis was placed on remote and rural areas - especially to support Least Developed Countries - which represent the biggest challenge and where barriers to access also need to be viewed through the prism of affordability and content, notably local and multi-lingual content.
http://www.itu.int/en/mediacentre/Pages/2017-PR09.aspx

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UN Broadband Commission urges public-private partnerships to reach 'the unconnected'
New public-private partnerships are essential if broadband is to reach everyone and help accelerate the achievement of global sustainable development goals, members of the United Nations broadband commission said today.

“ICT [information and communications technology] and broadband are linking everyone and everything for the betterment of economies and societies,” said Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Co-Chair of the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, during its spring meeting in Hong Kong.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=56366

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