The State of Broadband 2015

Broadband as a Foundation for Sustainable Development

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This report explores what constitutes an effective National Broadband Plan to boost the deployment of broadband and maximize its impact as a crosssectoral driver underpinning progress. It is now more important than ever that developing countries prioritize digital development in order to enhance their national competitiveness and to deliver tangible improvements in their citizens’ living standards and welfare, including closing gender gaps in access to ICTs and broadband.



Evaluating Global Growth in Broadband: The Need for Policy Leadership

How can the benefits of broadband be extended to the entire world’s population? Over recent years, governments, policy-makers and regulators have all made broadband a policy imperative, based on growing recognition of the impact of broadband on national goals. There is strong evidence to suggest positive benefits to broadband in greater economic growth (through productivity gains and employment), enhanced social inclusion and citizen engagement. As part of its efforts to promote digital inclusion, the Broadband Commission approved four targets at the Broadband Leadership Summit in 2011 to monitor the progress of broadband network roll-out and the affordability of services around the world. A fifth advocacy target on gender equality was approved by the Commission in 2013. As the world readies to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, this chapter reviews international progress towards achieving these five advocacy targets.


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