Session: Access and Diversity of Broadband Internet Access

Time: 
Tue, 2011-09-27 11:00 - 12:30

Concise Description:
Access to Internet services concerns human rights and fundamental freedom, as well as the exercise of democratic citizenship. Access and diversity are not an aim in itself. Access and diversity are important for democracy and human rights because they ensure the individual’s right to information and participation in political, social, cultural and economic life.

As computers become more pervasive in the western world, it can be easy to forget that not every country has equal access to key digital resources and infrastructure. Broadband speed Internet is almost considered a necessity in many developed countries today, and yet many people in parts of the developing world do not have any ability to go online at all. The statistics by International Telecommunication Union shows that in spite of rapid growth of Internet use around the world, the global Information and Communications Technology (ICT) development has been quite slow, with the internet users worldwide accounting to just 30.1 percent. With only 30% world population having access to Internet means around two billions of people are disconnected or with no information service at all. However, the many important issues at stake – such as preventing or at least reducing the risk of an excessive fragmentation of the Internet; the structure of opportunities provided by the public policies within each country; protecting the rights of all the stakeholders, while defining their responsibilities; public and private initiatives towards IT education and training, investment in science and technology; the costs of ISP services; and the regulation of telecommunications; safeguarding end users from crimes and abuses; and finally encouraging every opportunity for further development – have made it obvious that issues of Internet governance need to be brought into the spotlight and discussed.

A completely connected world allows for a vast new sphere of possibilities the most prominent being improvement for humanity is simple: Universal access to information will allow people the opportunity to make informed decisions.

The proposed Round Table discussion on access and diversity of broadband internet services will bring together key personnel, researchers, and scientific application researchers in the domain of broadband internet services from across the globe. The purpose of the discussion is to identify the needs and opportunities associated with access and diversity of broadband internet services. With a multidisciplinary approach, the workshop will focus on the actions that the governments should take in the framework of national development policies, their means of implementation; developing and strengthening national, regional and international broadband network infrastructure, including delivery by satellite and other systems; broadening access to orbital resources, global frequency harmonization and global systems standardization; encouraging public/private partnership; promoting the provision of global high-speed satellite services for underserved areas such as remote and sparsely populated areas; thereby facilitating improved access. The workshop shall facilitate and provide a knowledge sharing platform for an invigorating discussion on the challenges and opportunities the internet access pose for policy makers and the broader Internet community; taking into account relevant solutions already in place in developing countries and countries with economies in transition, to provide sustainable connectivity and access to remote and marginalized areas at national and regional levels.
Goals:

• Identifying workable implementing mechanism to arrest the technical, commercial and policy obstacles for achieving universal affordable access to infrastructure

• Prioritising the role of Internet governance globally to enable a movement towards a participatory and inclusive internet

• Identifying the main current obstacles to access to knowledge and content online

• Identifying a way forward to achieve a universal affordable access to broadband internet access

Key themes for discussion:

• Engage in a comprehensive understanding on the regulatory and policy options to address the technical, commercial and policy obstacles within the purview of broadband Internet services in a global context.
• Develop a monitoring mechanism module to address the challenges in Internet and Broadband access.
• Capacity Building of the stakeholders – How?
• Role of Public Private Partnerships in strengthening the delivery of broadband Internet services
• Roles of policymakers and the broader Internet community to access to online knowledge and content
• Best practices: Country Perspectives? Way forward.

From twitter...


G3ict (G3ict)

RT @sunil_abraham: My first workshop at the #IGF11 - Access and diversity of broadband Internet access http://t.co/K3qLoAN9 #113 organised by CSDMS

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jiew (Chiranuch)

RT @uradn: on room #9 , Access and diversity are important for democracy and human rights because they ensure the individual’s right #igf11 #113

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rajamanohar (Rajamanohar)

RT @sunil_abraham: N Ravi Shanker, Addl Secy, Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Information Technology, Govt of India is the chair #igf11 #113

2 years 30 weeks ago

rajamanohar (Rajamanohar)

RT @sunil_abraham: My first workshop at the #IGF11 - Access and diversity of broadband Internet access http://t.co/K3qLoAN9 #113 organised by CSDMS

2 years 30 weeks ago

sunil_abraham (Sunil Abraham)

N Ravi Shanker, Addl Secy, Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Information Technology, Govt of India is the chair #igf11 #113

2 years 30 weeks ago

sunil_abraham (Sunil Abraham)

My first workshop at the #IGF11 - Access and diversity of broadband Internet access http://t.co/K3qLoAN9 #113 organised by CSDMS

2 years 30 weeks ago