Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Broadband Commission for Digital Development: September 2010 findings

The International Telecommunications Union's (ITU) Broadband Commission for Digital Development, first covered on this blog here, has now published its findings.

The Commission was established to "define strategies for accelerating broadband rollout worldwide and examine applications that could see broadband networks improve the delivery of a huge range of social services, from healthcare to education, environmental management, safety and much more." From the press release announcing the Commission's findings:
"ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun TourĂ© today challenged global leaders to ensure that more than half of all the world’s people have access to broadband networks by 2015, and make access to high-speed networks a basic civil right...“Broadband is the next tipping point, the next truly transformational technology. It can generate jobs, drive growth and productivity, and underpin long-term economic competitiveness. It is also the most powerful tool we have at our disposal in our race to meet the Millennium Development Goals, which are now just five years away,” said Dr TourĂ©."
A clear fit with the UK government's 2015 intentions for universal broadband service and next generation access. The Commission's findings are in the form of two reports, the first, Broadband: A Leadership Imperative, provides a high level overview while the second, Broadband: A Platform for Progress, examines financing models, return on investment, technology choices, and strategies for deployment across a range of different types of economies. A list of key findings from the reports is available here.

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