The 9th Meeting of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development was held in Dublin on March 22-23 at the kind invitation of Mr Denis O’Brien, Chairman of the Digicel Group and the Broadband Commissioner.
22 March was dedicated to the first onsite gathering of the Broadband Commission Working Group on Financing and Investment.
On Sunday, 23 March the discussion of 30 Commissioners – top leaders in ICTs industry and policy makers attending the main meeting of the Commission galvanized around the role of broadband /ICTs in the post 2015 agenda and to date developments of the Commission with regards to the successor framework of the MDGs. Commissioners exchanged views and new ideas on what is next and which are the priorities for the sustainable development agenda. In the context of remaining challenges for broadband ubiquity, the Commissioners revisited the broadband networks development and funding models in the rural areas.
The Commission includes some of the world’s most prominent leaders from the tech sector, government, academia and UN agencies. Broadband Commission meetings are closed to the public, but give Commissioners the opportunity to meet face-to-face to discuss game changing ideas for the industry.