The Broadband Commission for Digital Development (BY INVITATION ONLY)

Harvard Club
19 September, 2010

The Broadband Commission for Digital Development believes that high-speed, high-capacity broadband connections to the Internet are an essential element in modern society, with wide economic and social benefits. Its mission is to promote the adoption of broadband-friendly practice and policies so that the entire world can take advantage of the benefits broadband can offer.

More specifically, the Broadband Commission wants to demonstrate that broadband networks:

- have the same level of importance as roads and electricity networks; they are basic infrastructure in a modern society;

- are uniquely powerful tools for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);

- are remarkably cost-effective and offer an impressive return-on-investment (ROI) for both developed and developing economies;

- underpin all industrial sectors and increasingly are the foundation of public services and social progress

- must be coordinated nationally by governments in partnership with industry, in order too reap the full benefit of these powerful tools.

The establishment of the Broadband Commission in 2010 comes five years after the World Summit on the Information Society, and ten years after the launch of the Millennium Development Goals. Expanding broadband access in every country is the key way to accelerate attainment of those goals by the target date of 2015.

The Broadband Commission will define practical ways in which countries ┐ at all stages of development ┐ can achieve this, in cooperation with the private sector and civil society.

This is a Side Event to MDG Summit 2010 - High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly

Detailed Information
Date 19 September, 2010
Location Harvard Club
Organizer International Telecommunication Union (ITU) [ Content posted by United Nations Secretariat, Agency, or Programme UN ENTITY ]
External Link http://www.broadbandcommission.org/index.html
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