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Governance / Leadership

Talk is just talk until someone takes the initiative and puts structure and accountability around plans to invest in and derive the most from your local talent and digital infrastructure projects.  Participants in this symposium stream will hear from research experts and other rural communities who have cracked the code on capturing and leveraging the talents and efforts in the community in building the vision, and then drafting and executing plans for realizing that vision.


News Articles



Papers and Reports

  • Community –based Networks and Innovative Technologies: New models to serve and empower the poor
    This UNDP report highlights how the benefits of the ICT can be applied to produce and modify policies and financing mechanisms when addressing the issues of the poor. It discusses the issues of inclusive and affordable access to ICT in the poorer rural and urban areas, as well as how ICT can be employed to produce more effective poverty-reduction policies and strengthen local development and participation of businesses in the areas.
  • The Massachusetts Broadband Institute Project Summary
    The project summary discusses main goals and objectives of two projects carried out by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI): The Massachusetts Broadband Mapping Project and The Massachusetts Broadband Planning Project.
  • Making Broadband Accessible for All
    Making information technologies accessible and affordable to the entire population is one of the main priorities of all governments around the globe. Delivering reliable and fast broadband connection will increase economic and social benefits. This policy paper outlines the challenges of policy-makers in their efforts to extend data services. It discusses the cases of broadband rollout in the world focusing on the examples from East Africa.
  • A Review of Environmental Sustainability in National Broadband Policies: Global Overview and Case Studies of Australia and Rwanda
    This paper is part of the Broadband Series initiated by International Communication Union in cooperation with Broadband Commission for Digital Development. It discusses national governments’ commitments to the project of broadband rollout around the globe, focusing on the case studies of Rwanda and Australia. Although the main focus of this paper is on ICT and environmental sustainability it presents us with a meticulous analysis of governmental decision-making and policy-making processes with regards to broadband delivery project.
  • Best Practices for Implementing Next-Generation Networks (NGNs) in the Asia and Pacific Region
    The paper focuses on the case studies of India, Sri Lanka and Philippines to analyze the process of the transformation from conventional networks to the NGN platform. It analyzes the steps undertaken in these countries to launch NGN in order to identify best practices and challenges faced in the process of policy-making and project delivery.

Legal Documents:

  • Broadcasting and Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-344
    The Notice summarizes and discusses the results of CRTC review of broadcasting in the new media described in detail in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2009-329. It also indicates the perspectives of the Commission on the developments and rapid changes in the broadcasting system. The purpose of this Notice is to comment on the existing data on the implications of growing over-the-top programming in the Canadian broadcasting system as well as to urge the partied to provide more data on the issue.
  • Broadband Delivery UK
    Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) is a team within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport responsible for conducting projects in broadband delivery across the UK. This guide contains the description of projects in the rural areas, as well information on funding for local authorities.
  • Three regulatory challenges must be addressed when discussing OTT broadcasting
    In response to CRTC interest in Over-The-Top broadcasting in Canada, Axia provides its recommendations with regards to its policy framework.  Axia insists three regulatory challenges must be addressed when looking at OTT broadcasting.
  • Government Action Plan for Faster Broadband
    The Government Five Point Broadband Action Plan outlines five key sectors – health, business, education, community, and government- and indicates what government is doing to provide faster broadband and better connection in there areas.

Website Links

United States of America

  • Axia Mass Broadband 123
    Massachusetts Broadband Institute is working closely together with Axia NetMedia Corporation to extend an affordable and reliable broadband across Massachusetts. As a part of Governor Patrick’s initiative Axia MassBroadband 123 serves as a tool to deliver the benefits of broadband connection to 120 communities in Western Massachusetts.

United Kingdom

  • MPs says rural broadband rollout ‘mismanaged
    Video – Discusses a group of MPs in UK heavily criticizing government rural broadband rollout project. Despite all the effort, high speed internet service in the rural areas of Britain still remain a distant reality.
  • UK rural broadband rollout criticised by auditors
    The National Audit Office criticizes the government for being too slow in delivering “superfast” broadband to the rural areas of the UK. Among the biggest concerns, are slow pace, postponed deadlines, high costs and the absence of strong competition in the are of broadband services.


New Zealand

  • Ministry of Education
    This website describes involvement of the Ministry of Education in the project of rural broadband rollout in New Zealand. Ultra-fast Internet in rural schools is one of the top priorities in this project.
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment
    This website contains information on two major initiatives launched by the government to bring access to high-speed Internet service across New Zealand: Ultra-Fast Broadband and Rural Broadband.