A report from the UN’s Broadband Commission identifies what governments can do to ensure their people reap the full benefits of broadband and sustainable development.

The increasing power of broadband to improve living conditions for people around the world can’t be taken for granted. A report from the UN’s Broadband Commission identifies what governments can do to ensure their people reap the full benefits of broadband.

"Transformative solutions for 2015 and Beyond: The Report of the Broadband Commission Task Force on Sustainable Development," presented this weekend to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, says broadband’s contribution to sustainable development will only increase over the next 15 years in pace with its growth globally.

The task force, chaired by Ericsson CEO and President Hans Vestberg, shows how countries around the world are using national broadband plans as key policy instruments to get the most out of broadband as essential infrastructure for their societies.

Analyzing national broadband plans for 138 countries and identifying best practice, it urges governments to act now and to include broadband in their national development agendas. It highlights several transformational solutions that broadband can bring to development, and makes a number of supporting recommendations on how to leverage this potential.

In conjunction with the release of the report – along with other reports on the global state of broadband and how the technology can help to empower women and girls – the members of the Broadband Commission have signed a manifesto and presented ten recommendations to the UN about how to make the most of broadband to help meet post-2015 sustainable development goals.

The reports come a day before the start of the Social Good Summit, which will examine how ICT can improve lives for billions of people.

Read the report here

Executive summary

Manifesto