Broadband prices must come down
INTERNET| Sept. 24, 2012, 8:01 a.m.
The UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development says in a new global report that broadband deployment is accelerating worldwide, but prices still need to come down.
The Commission released its first-ever country-by-country snapshot of the state of broadband deployment worldwide at the sixth meeting of the Commission in New York.
The State of Broadband 2012: Achieving Digital Inclusion for All report evaluates the roll-out of broadband around the world and tracks progress towards achieving the four advocacy targets set by the Commission in 2011 for boosting broadband affordability and uptake. It provides country rankings across up to 177 economies on economic impact, penetration, national broadband policy, and connecting people and dwellings.
Noting that high-speed affordable broadband connectivity to the Internet is essential to modern society, offering widely recognized economic and social benefits, the Commission says there is a clear need for policy leadership to establish a strong vision among stakeholders and prioritize the deployment of broadband at the national level.
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