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Video: Is Broadband a Basic Human Right?

November 21, 2011  »  Broadband & VideoNo Comment

Food. Nourishment. Housing. Healthcare. Broadband? Randall Lane, of Forbes, recently sat down with Dr. Hamadoun Touré, the head of the International Telecommunication Union. For five minutes, the two men discussed the importance of broadband:

  • important to put the right on every national agenda
  • not meeting the 2015 Millenium Development Goals is not a question
  • won’t be able to meet MDGs without universal broadband (ie. government services)
  • government/private/consumer need to be at the same level (are complementary)
  • recent summit in Geneva brought delegates from nations together
  • Arab Spring: communication is a powerful tool in the hands of the people.  it is too late to have governments take away this right – there are too many mobile phones.

Of course, providing the option of broadband to every citizen by 2015 is unlikely. Such a monumental effort requires unprecedented levels of coordination among investors, governments, corporations, and consumers. Providing broadband capacity is one thing, but last-mile connectivity at reasonable rates is another. Perhaps 2025 would be a more realistic goal than 2015 to actually fulfill this need.

Read more at Forbes.