Global - Infrastructure - The Broadband Commission for Digital Development - 2009-2015

Synopsis

The role of The Broadband Commission for Digital Development is to define practical ways in which countries — at all stages of development — can provide access to broadband networks for their citizens, in cooperation with the private sector. Broadband networks are an essential and uniquely powerful tool for achieving those goals and lifting people out of poverty worldwide.

The Commission has helped achieve some notable policy successes – for example, it has succeeded in boosting ICTs and broadband on the global policy agenda. It has also inspired enthusiasm for greater engagement with the UN among key business figures and provided the model for the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health.

BuddeComm is a keen supporter of The Broadband Commission and Paul Budde assisted the United Nations (UN) in setting it up. Paul was its special adviser during the mandate period 2009-2015. BuddeComm also believes a trans-sector approach to infrastructure is essential and it is important to look across infrastructure projects and sectors to create synergy. This report provides information and insights into the work of The Broadband Commission and includes BuddeComm’s observations and involvement in the development of trans-sector initiatives.

Key developments:

In 2011 the Commission set Millennium Development Goals for 2015 and The Commission meets on a yearly basis to discuss the progress towards these goals. The 9th meeting of the Commission took place in Dublin in March 2014 and one area of in-depth discussion surrounded the inhibitors to faster broadband deployment and the potential solutions to impediments such as investment financing.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Broadband Commission for Digital Development
  • 3. Developments in 2015
    • 3.1 Broadband Targets for 2015
      • 3.1.1 Target 1: Making broadband policy universal
      • 3.1.2 Target 2: Making broadband affordable
      • 3.1.3 Target 3: Connecting homes to broadband
      • 3.1.4 Target 4: Getting people online
    • 3.2 Transformative Solutions for 2015 and Beyond
      • 3.2.1 The Sustainable Development Challenge
      • 3.2.2 Broadband Plans in Action
      • 3.2.3 Overview of Best Practices
      • 3.2.4 Transformative Solutions
      • 3.2.5 Recommendations
    • 3.3 World Bank pushing for broadband
  • 4. Positive global stats – moving on to Sustainable Development Goals
  • 5. Shared and integrated ICT essential to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals
    • 5.1 Grassroots proof of success
    • 5.2 Lack of strategic leadership
    • 5.3 Death by pilots
    • 5.4 How to move forward
  • 6. Broadband and Gender
  • 7. The connected society
    • 7.1 Technology fights against extreme poverty
  • 8. A cost-effective platform for progress
  • 9. Trans-sector approach begins to take hold
  • 10. The Concept
    • 10.1 The birth of trans-sector concept
    • 10.2 Australia - one of the first countries to develop trans-sector policies
    • 10.3 Smart grid and NBN first trans-sector project
    • 10.4 Support from Obama and the FCC
    • 10.5 Trans-sector innovations in the Netherlands
    • 10.6 United Nations puts its weight behind trans-sector
    • 10.7 OECD report
    • 10.8 BuddeComm proud of playing its part
  • 11. 11th meeting in Paris 2015
  • 12. Developments in 2014
    • 12.1 UN Broadband Commission 2.0
      • 12.1.1 How to overcome government inertia?
      • 12.1.2 Sustainable Developments Goals
      • 12.1.3 Telcos vs OTTs
    • 12.2 10th Meeting of the Commission
      • 12.2.1 State of broadband - 2014
      • 12.2.2 Zero Mothers Die
      • 12.2.3 ICT and Ebola
      • 12.2.4 Working Group on Broadband and Gender
      • 12.2.5 Broadband means of Transformation for the SDGs
    • 12.3 The 11th meeting of the Commission – UNESO Paris - 2015
    • 12.4 Broadband can solve the global development gap
    • 12.5 Universalising broadband
      • 12.5.1 Mobile Internet as a Game-Changer
      • 12.5.2 Universal Broadband Can Revolutionize Entire Sectors
      • 12.5.3 Innovation in Spectrum Helping Promote Development
      • 12.5.4 Republic of Korea Launches Public WiFi Project
      • 12.5.5 Reaching the Next Billion Broadband Users, Challenges and Opportunities
  • 13. Developments in 2013
    • 13.1 State of Broadband Report 2013
    • 13.2 Sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda
    • 13.3 Why National Broadband Plans matter
    • 13.4 Working Group on Investment & Financing
    • 13.5 Open Letter from the Broadband Commission to the UN
    • 13.6 Report on 7th meeting of the UN Broadband Commission
      • 13.6.1 Towards gender equality
      • 13.6.2 Good news examples
      • 13.6.3 One million ICT-empowered community workers
      • 13.6.4 New projects of the Commission
      • 13.6.5 The future of broadband
    • 13.7 Broadband and education – advancing education for all
    • 13.8 Connecting one million health workers
    • 13.9 One million community health workers
    • 13.10 The action plan
    • 13.11 The cost
    • 13.12 Smart technologies
  • 14. Developments in 2012
    • 14.1 The State of Broadband 2012: Achieving Digital Inclusion for All
    • 14.2 Harness broadband to empower girls and women
    • 14.3 Broadband is essential for social and economic development
    • 14.4 Renewing our commitment towards sustainable development
    • 14.5 Broadband for the integration of the three pillars of sustainable development
    • 14.6 Turning vision into action
    • 14.7 The Broadband Bridge: Linking ICTs with climate action for a low-carbon economy
  • 15. Developments in 2011
    • 15.1 The Broadband Challenge
  • 16. The final reports
    • 16.1 Related reports
    • Exhibit 1 – Middle East youth unemployment – new digital thinking needed

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Last updated 26 Apr 2015

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