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A 2010 Leadership Imperative

The Future Built on Broadband

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Presented to Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, during the UN MDG Summit in New York in September 2010, including a Declaration, Plan of Action and recommendations. This Report refers to broadband as a cluster of concepts, including always-on: the Internet service is subject to real-time instantaneous updates, without users re-initiating connection to the server (as is the case with some dial-up Internet connections); high-capacity: the connection should be low latency and high-capacity in its ability to respond rapidly and convey a large quantity of bits (information) arriving per second (rather than the speed at which those bits travel) - as a result, broadband enables the combined provision of voice, data and video at the same time. Against this background, the Broadband Commission for Digital Development proposes that all relevant stakeholders engage in creating a strategic framework for building a Broadband Development Dynamic, specifically targeted at the accelerated achievement of the MDGs, Knowledge Societies and beyond through the inter-dependent forces of Policy, Infrastructure, Technology, Innovation, Content and Applications, People and Government.

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Creating a Broadband Development Dynamic: A Strategic Framework for Action

In times of economic and social crisis, models and mindsets must adapt rapidly, and ubiquitous broadband is a big idea for which the time has come. As identifying replicable lessons and key gaps for scaling up and fast-track implementation of the MDGs becomes the primary focus for the international development community in 2010, what should leaders in business, government and civil society be doing to re-energize and re-focus on delivery

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