Earlier this week, I attended the UN’s Broadband Commission meeting in Ohrid, Macedonia, where we discussed initiatives to reach the Commission’s goals by 2015:
1) All countries have national broadband plans;
2) Broadband is affordable in developing countries so that entry-level broadband services cost less than 5% of average month income;
3) Broadband is adopted by 40% of households in developing countries; and that
4) Broadband penetration reaches 60% of the worldwide population and 50% in developing countries
To support this vision of an ever expanding Internet that people see as essential, Cisco sponsored the 83rd Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting last week in Paris. At the IETF, more than 1,400 of the leading Internet engineers and technologists from around the world gathered to further develop the standards which provide the foundation for Internet services such as domain names, email, the Web, and instant messaging.