The Broadband Opportunity: The Time is Now
Close the Gap: Strategies for Government
How can governments and countries change lives, increase prosperity and growth, and improve a wide range of essential services from education to healthcare? Broadband is the catalyst to transformation when coupled with strategic economic and social development policies. By connecting people to each other and to vital information and services, broadband can create opportunities that yield social and economic impacts for communities, businesses, schools, hospitals, and families.
The UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development sees broadband as a key driver in addressing the global challenges depicted in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the UN Millennium Declaration. The Commission’s objectives are striking in their simplicity: making broadband universal and affordable, connecting homes, and getting people online. “We firmly believe that with the strategic and innovative use of broadband ICTs, the international development community can move beyond ‘business as usual’ and that it will be possible to achieve the inherently interlinked MDG agenda … to address the existing and emerging global challenges of the 21st century.”
Read the full The Broadband Opportunity: The Time is Now White Paper.