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An increasing number of emerging countries are addressing this challenge with the help of universal service funds. These funds were initially created to ensure ubiquitous deployment of basic telephone equipment and services. Today, the funds are used to support information and communications technology (ICT) and broadband programs.
Broadband and ICT programs provide proven benefits to national economies and citizens. By establishing the right policies and programs to encourage competition, innovation, and investment, governments can unlock these benefits for their economies and citizens. These characteristics prescribe urgency for governments to act quickly to establish high broadband and ICT penetration.
Governments should regularly establish national broadband plans with specific time-bound goals, and execute on them. The ITU Broadband Commission calls for all countries to have a national broadband plan or strategy by 2015.
Intel’s Broadband and Universal Services Forums engage key government leaders to share current ideas and best practices to accelerate broadband and ICT usage in your countries.
The event has expanded to include specific training sessions on broadband plans, universal service management and strategy, along with examples of successful demand side programs. The Forum offers insight into the leading policies and programs within the region and from around the world, contributing to the process of global knowledge-sharing and capacity-building to unlock the social and economic benefits broadband and ICT have to offer.
Create a dynamic, interactive environment with a special focus on how-tos and next steps in implementation, providing:
Oct 22–24, 2013, New Delhi, India