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The Broadband Commission Advocacy Targets

In 2011, the Broadband Commission agreed a set of four 'ambitious but achievable' targets that countries around the world should strive to meet in order to ensure their populations fully participate in tomorrow's emerging knowledge societies, with an initial end-date foreseen for 2015. 

These targets cover broadband policy, affordability and uptake:


In 2013 Commissioners gathered for the Spring meeting in Mexico and agreed to a new target designed to spur female access to the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs). 


Target 1: Making broadband policy universal. By 2015, all countries should have a national broadband plan or strategy or include broadband in their Universal Access / Service Definitions. 

Target 2: Making broadband affordable. By 2015, entry-level broadband services should be made affordable in developing countries through adequate regulation and market forces (amounting to less than 5% of average monthly income). 

Target 3: Connecting homes to broadband. By 2015, 40% of households in developing countries should have Internet access. 

Target 4: Getting people online. By 2015, Internet user penetration should reach 60% worldwide, 50% in developing countries and 15% in LDCs.

Target 5: Achieving gender equality in access to broadband by 2020

The Commission in its flagship State of Broadband repor - a unique global snapshot of broadband network access and affordability, with country-by country data measuring broadband access against key advocacy targets set by the Commission in 2011.