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Advocacy and Policy Leadership


The Broadband Commission engages in high-level advocacy to promote broadband in developing countries and underserved communities to promote achievement of the MDGs by 2015. One of the central roles of the Commission is to advocate for higher priority to be given to broadband infrastructure in the highest policy circles to ensure that the benefits of broadband infrastructure and services are realized in all countries. Governments and industry need to work together, hand-in-hand, to devise strategies for driving the roll-out of these networks much more proactively.

To date, the Commission’s initial outcomes have included several major reports , including “A 2010 Leadership Imperative: The Future Built on Broadband ” presented to United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon in September 2010, before the 2010 United Nations MDG Summit in New York. It is a concise, high-level report that directly reflects inputs from the Commission’s community of high-level business executives and policy-makers and contains a number of policy recommendations and “Declaration of Broadband Inclusion for All”.

In October 2011, the Commission is jointly hosting a Broadband Leadership Summit with ITU Telecom preceding the ITU Telecom World 2011 event. The Summit convenes a number of Heads of State, leading CEOs, senior policy-makers and visionaries from across the ICT sector to debate the issues that matter in the deployment of broadband infrastructure and services.





Analysis and Evaluation


The Broadband Commission also engages in analysis and evaluation. Its second major report, “Broadband: A Platform for Progress”, is a comprehensive analytical report published in June 2011 that looks at financing models, returns on investment, technology choices and strategies for deployment across a range of different types of economies, including country case studies.

At its second meeting in New York in September 2010, the Commission also established a number of Working Groups to focus on a range of vital issues relating to specific areas of importance. These Working Groups have studied in closer detail a range of different policy areas where investments must be made to maximize the benefits of broadband infrastructure and services.

The Commission is also working on developing more detailed broadband targets to monitor the development of policy indicators as well as the roll-out and take-up of broadband infrastructure and services around the world. It has also created a dynamic online repository to help promote broadband implementation. The Sharehouse is open to all and features case studies, best practice, analytical reports and policy recommendations.





Call to Action

Above all, the Commission believes that the benefits of broadband as critical infrastructure for accelerating the achievement of the MDGs can only be fully realized if there is a high-level recognition of the importance of broadband. This is why many Commissioners have committed personally to issuing a call to action through their many activities and engagements.























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