ITU, UNESCO Broadband Commission tackle global broadband challenge

Seeing broadband as a foundation to enhance new services, including health care, education, environmental management and safety, the ITU and UNESCO have jointly created the Broadband for Digital Development program.

Comprised of 30 leaders from various business and social sectors, the Broadband Commission will be co-chaired by Mexico's telecom magnate Carlos Slim and Rwanda's President Paul Kagame. Hamadoun Toure, ITU secretary-general, and UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova will serve as joint vice chairs.

In mid-2010 the Commission will meet in Geneva and deliver its findings to the UN secretary-general in September. Along with Commissioner input, a key piece of the Commission's work will be in analyzing the challenges and opportunities to roll out broadband in various stages of economic development. The Commission's analysis will be used create recommendations on how to affordably build out broadband networks.

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