The Broadband Commission held its annual meeting on September 18 in New York alongside the 71st session of the UN General Assembly. More than 40 Commissioners and Special Guests discussed two specific challenges during this year’s meeting: firstly, how broadband can support the equitable provision of health and education in all countries and secondly, how to achieve the investment levels required for the rollout of global broadband infrastructure that connects everyone, everywhere.
The annual meeting followed up the publication of the State of Broadband 2016 – a unique global snapshot of broadband network access and affordability, with country-by country data measuring broadband access against key advocacy targets set by the Commission in 2011.
Copyright: Habitat III
The Broadband Commission issued an Open Statement to the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), which took place in Quito, Ecuador from 17 to 20 October. The Commission called to acknowledge and support the crucial nature of global rollout of broadband infrastructure, which can boost economic growth and end poverty, achieve gender equality, improve human health and well-being and protect environment.
Copyright: COP 22
After reaching historical landmark in Paris on December 12, 2015 and signing The Agreement, the parties to the Convention on Climate Change reconvened in Marrakech on November 7 to 18, 2016 for the COP22. The Broadband Commission addressed the COP22 with an open statement, which stresses the role of the broadband in adapting to climate change, keeping the temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius and delivering carbon savings on daily basis through a common and constructive effort.
Copyright: Broadband Commission
ITU Telecom World is the flagship annual ICT event, this year took place in Bangkok, Thailand from 14 to 17 November. Bringing together ICT leaders and experts from various countries, in 2016 the event focused on boosting broadband demand. During a plenary session «Reaching another billion: Understanding what works to stimulate ICT adoption» a report «Enabling the use of ICTs and Broadband: Understanding what works to stimulate ICT adoption» was presented by John Galvin, the Chair of the Broadband Commission Working Group on Demand. The Working Group report is a joint effort and a case-by-case look at demand creation programs, targeted to stimulate ICT adoption and increase the use and impact of technologies and broadband.