ITU Blog: LDC’s 30-year push for equitable ICT access

The developing world has long been at the forefront of demanding equitable access to our digital world and the global innovation that it spurs every day.

I can personally trace this demand for digital equity back to ITU’s 1985 World Administrative Radio Conference in Geneva. At that time the developed world wanted to ‘prospect in space’ – ensuring it had its pick of the prime satellite orbit spots, but the developing world objected.

I attended the conference as a reporter for The Economist news magazine because it seemed odd to me and my editor why countries, who had neither the money nor the technology to launch communications satellites, cared so passionately about having equitable access to orbits.

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