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World leaders agree: Future will be built on broadband

ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré has challenged global leaders to ensure that more than half of ...


September 22, 2010  


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ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré has challenged global leaders to ensure that more than half of the world’s people have access to broadband networks by 2015, and make access to high-speed networks a basic civil right

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Dr Touré threw down the challenge to politicians, UN agency chiefs and industry heavyweights at the second meeting of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, which delivered its final outcome report earlier this week to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York.

 

“Broadband is the next tipping point, the next truly transformational technology,” he said. “It can generate jobs, drive growth and productivity, and underpin long-term economic competitiveness. It is also the most powerful tool we have at our disposal in our race to meet the Millennium Development Goals, which are now just five years away.”

 

The Commission outcome report, which includes a High-Level Declaration calling for ‘Broadband Inclusion for All,” comprises a framework for broadband deployment and 10 Action Points aimed at mobilizing all stakeholders and convincing government leaders to prioritize the roll-out of broadband networks to their citizens.