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.



Executive Summary: A 2010 Leadership Imperative: Towards a Future Built on Broadband

Timing is everything. The year 2010 marks not only a key milestone on the road to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the outcomes of the Geneva and Tunis phases of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS ). It also marks the 25th anniversary of the landmark ‘Missing Link’ report of the Maitland Commission, which called for the now seemingly humble target of bringing virtually the whole of mankind within easy reach of a telephone by the early part of the 21st Century.


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