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The State of Broadband 2019

Broadband as a Foundation for Sustainable Development

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This annual report from the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development showcases the state and trends in broadband deployments around the world.

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Policy recommendations for thoughtful approaches towards meaningful, universal connectivity

Thoughtful approaches are needed that focus on digital inclusion and account for the nature of different types of current usage and adoption, and recognize that cultural barriers and social norms may be influencing non-adoption. These are approaches that place a primary focus on the digital inclusion of marginalized users and communities which are traditionally overlooked and underserved, including, but not limited to, individuals with disabilities, individuals who are low-income, and individuals who reside in rural or remote geographies, and including women and children. Policies (such as in national broadband plans) that focus on digital inclusion can start with simple changes of perspective, such as recognition of the “first billion” and “first-mile”, rather than “bottom billion” or “last-mile”, and can focus much more on both demand and supply issues to facilitation engagement, rather than solely considering infrastructure expansion dimensions.

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