Advances in technology now mean that there are viable alternatives to terrestrially delivered broadband. Satellite broadband can now be of comparable, if not superior, quality to its wired equivalent. These advances allow even for more latency-dependent applications such as video streaming. This has clear relevance to all of the Broadband Commission’s work, but many policies worldwide do not account for or encourage satellite broadband’s potential. Meanwhile novel delivery techniques, such as high-altitude platforms that include drones, balloons and hybrid craft offer fresh options to policymakers to provide tailored solutions to unconnected areas of differing population densities and geographical features, though they are less understood and tested.
This Working Group will provide the Broadband Commission with the necessary materials to ensure that the technological barriers to technologies in space and the upper atmosphere come down so that they are better able to deploy resources and close more quickly some of the digital divides.
WG comprises the following members:
| Commissioners and External Experts|
- EUTELSAT IGO
- Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority