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Global Broadband Issues Taking Center Stage

By January 31, 2013

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The United Nations Broadband Commission for Digital Development was formed in May 2010 as a result of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's  call to increase efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals.  Since its original formation, the Broadband Commission has published a series of reports, including a recent "Call to Action" encouraging the global community to meet five broad goals related to broadband access.

ITU: Regulation of the Internet Still a Global Priority for Member Nations

In its largest effort to date, the Commission recently published a comprehensive global broadband assessment entitled "The State of Broadband 2012: Achieving Digital Inclusion For All, analyzing global broadband deployment around the world, and recommending policy initiatives for countries to undertake.

The State of Broadband 2012: Achieving Digital Inclusion For All

Global Broadband Policies and the Role of the UN

In addition to raising global awareness about broadband and reminding member states of their responsibilities to close the digital divide in developing countries, another extensive report published by the UN's Broadband Commission links the societal and economic benefits of broadband with the environmental impact broadband can have on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.

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