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​The Broadband Commission engages in advocacy and high-level thought leadership to demonstrate that broadband networks:

    • ​ ​are bas​​ic infrastructure in a modern society - just like roads, electricity or water;
    • are uniquely powerful tools for accelerating progress towards the MDGs;
    • are remarkably cost-effective and offer impressive returns-on-investment (ROI) in both developed and developing economies alike;
    • underpin all industrial sectors and are increasingly the foundation of public services and social progress;
    • need to be promoted by governments in joint partnership with industry, in order to reap the full benefits of broadband networks and services.

    The Commission believes that high-speed, high-capacity broadband connections to the Internet are an essential element in modern society, conferring broad social and economic benefits. Without broadband infrastructure and services, developing countries risk exclusion from participation in the burgeoning global digital economy. The Commission aims to promote the adoption of broadband-friendly practices and policies, so all the world’s people can take advantage of the benefits of broadband.​​​

 Latest Reports

The Broadband Commission’s Annual The State of Broadband report was released on 15 September 2016 in Geneva.​​​ ​This is a unique global snapshot ​of broadband network access and affordability, with country-by-country data measuring ​broadband access.​



  Latest Events/Initiatives
The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, convened under the theme of "Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world" took place from 10 to 19 July 2017. The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development addressed an open letter to the HLPF calling on world leaders to harness development potential of ICTs to drive the SDGs. 

A side-event​ co-organized by ITU and GeSI, titled "ICT for sustainable development: How digital solutions can drive progress towards the SDGs”, took place on 13 July. Panel discussions on how ICTs can catalyze achievement of the SDGs explored the challenges and opportunities of using digital solutions to drive progress and generate meaningful impact in our societies.​​

 Data and Stats ​

Broadband Targets for 2015: Issued in October 2011. Ambitious but achievable targets: The Broadband Commission has set four clear, new targets for making broadband policy universal and for boosting affordability and broadband uptake. 

Learn more about the scope of national broadband policies​ here.


 Higlights On​​​

 The Commission believes that the benefits of broadband as critical infrastructure for accelerating the achievement of the MDGs and its successor framework of post 2015 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. 

Open letters and ​'call to action' issued by the Commission available here.