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CWG-Internet: Online Open Consultation (December 2020)

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The ITU Council Working Group on International Internet-related Public Policy Issues (CWG-Internet) is holding an open consultation (online and physical) on the following topic

Expanding Internet Connectivity

CWG-Internet invites all stakeholders to submit contributions on i​nternational​​ internet-related public policy issues relating to expanding internet connectivity, focusing on the following questions:

1. What are the challenges and opportunities for expanding Internet connectivity, particularly to remote and under-served areas? What are the roles of governments and non-government actors in overcoming these challenges?

2. Are there particular challenges facing land-locked countries in securing affordable Internet access? What can be done to overcome these challenges?

3. How can small/community/non-profit operators help in promoting the increase of Internet connectivity?

Useful Information and Instructions:

Informa​tion on the Online Open Consultation

Online Open Consultations are launched by the CWG-Internet and are held throughout the period between two successive CWG-Internet meetings. This process gives an opportunity to all stakeholders from all nations to express their views with regard to the topic(s) under discussion.​ 

Note: Responses to the questions of this round of Open Consultations could be submitted through the online form, where you can also find more detailed guidelines on the submission process. Kindly note that the deadline for responses is 15 December 2020.

Information on the Physical Open Consultation​​

​​Discussions during the Physical Open Consultation meeting will be based on the responses received during the Online Open Consultation process, which will be consolidated in a single document ("Compilation Document").

During the physical meeting, respondents to the Online Open Co​nsultation will h​ave the opportunity to present their submitted views and to have a fruitful discussion with the other participants, including Members of the CWG-Internet. For those not in the position to participate onsite, remote participation is also available upon request while completing the online registration form


CHOI, Jun Kyun5/22/2020 1:58 AMKAISTSouth Korea
I propose to find the the cheapest way to provide network connectivity among peoples, system, and de ...
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DINIZ, Rafael5/26/2020 5:52 PMRhizomaticaBrazil
Based on "Handbook Frequency-adaptive communication systems and networks in the MF/HF bands", by ITU ...
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DE SILVA-MITCHELL, Amali5/29/2020 8:25 AMFuturist / Civil SocietyUK / Sri Lanka
1. What are the challenges and opportunities for expanding Internet connectivity, particularly to re ...
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SIRIMANNE, Shamika7/17/2020 5:48 PMUNCTADSwitzerland
While there has been rapid progress in accessing the internet since WSIS, there remain manifold divi ...
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ORTEGA, Marco Antonio7/28/2020 9:32 AMUnited Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN ECLAC)Chile
Summary attached
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NAKAGAKI, Maiko7/28/2020 11:52 AMAlliance for Affordable InternetUSA
Summary attached
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EXELBY, Belinda8/13/2020 10:58 AMGSMAUnited Kingdom
Please see attached PDF for Summary and Full Response
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RENNO NUNES, Raquel8/19/2020 4:58 PMArticle 19UK
The economic challenges to the expansion of Internet connectivity are mostly related to the higher c ...
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