Tuesday, October 25, 2011

UN Commission Sets Global Broadband Targets

The United Nations' Broadband Commission for Digital Development published a set of four ambitious goals that it is urging countries around the world to adopt:


Making broadband policy universal. By 2015, all countries should have a national broadband plan or strategy or include broadband in their Universal Access / Service Definitions.


Making broadband affordable. By 2015, entry-level broadband services should be made affordable in developing countries through adequate regulation and market forces (for example, amount to less than 5% of average monthly income).


Connecting homes to broadband. By 2015, 40% of households in developing countries should have Internet access.
Getting people online. By 2015, Internet user penetration should reach 60% worldwide, 50% in developing countries and 15% in Least Developed Countries (LDCs).


"These targets are ambitious but achievable, given the political will and commitment on the part of governments, working in partnership with the private sector," said Dr Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary-General, who serves as co-Vice Chair of the Commission alongside UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. The Commission is co-chaired by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Carlos Slim Helú, Chairman and CEO of Telmex and América Mov�l.
http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2011/42.aspx

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