Press Release: UN Broadband Commission: Time for a “New Deal” if Broadband is to reach everyone, everywhere
Innovative industry collaboration and new public-private partnership models essential if broadband is to accelerate SDG achievement
Geneva, 16 March 2017 – The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development held its 2017 Spring Meeting in Hong Kong, SAR of China, today, and committed to concrete actions that will spur the roll-out of broadband around the world. Currently, some 5 billion people are without mobile broadband access, meaning that the paths to access digital services and applications are currently blocked for much of the world’s population, thereby holding back progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The need for a new deal between all broadband stakeholders was roundly debated, bringing renewed commitment to work towards full global connectivity and digital transformation. In particular, emphasis was placed on remote and rural areas – especially to support Least Developed Countries – which represent the biggest challenge and where barriers to access also need to be viewed through the prism of affordability and content, notably local and multi-lingual content.
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