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 Wednesday, June 01, 2011

How can the ‘mobile miracle’ be replicated to extend broadband access to all?

Broadband is today’s transformational technology. By revolutionizing access to content and changing the delivery paradigms for a whole host of public and private sector services, it is becoming essential basic infrastructure for every country’s future development. Yet for the moment, access to high-speed Internet is very much a rich-world privilege. To truly harness the power of information and communication technologies to create tomorrow’s Knowledge Societies and meet the Millennium Development Goals, new approaches to driving broadband roll-out across economic barriers are urgently needed. This report looks at what broadband can bring, the state of deployment around the world, and innovative models that can help bring high-speed connectivity to the world’s poorest communities.

The report comes from the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, led by ITU and UNESCO: www.broadbandcommission.org

The full report and Executive Summary will be available for download from 12:00 CET on Monday 6 June at: www.broadbandcommission.org/index.html#outcomes

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Established in 1946, UNESCO works for world peace and international understanding through its key programme areas: education, natural and social sciences, culture, and communication and information.

(Source: ITU Newsroom)

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