ITU & UNESCO release The State of Broadband 2017

ITU and UNESCO’s UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development has released The State of Broadband 2017: Broadband Catalyzing Sustainable Development. The report provides a global snapshot of Internet access, examines trends in connectivity, reviews policy and regulatory developments, and presents a number of policy recommendations. This year, the report adopts a particular focus on the utility of broadband technologies in accelerating towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially the goals related to food security and ending hunger; health and well-being; inclusive and quality education for all; and protecting the environment. According to ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao, ‘Broadband is crucial to connecting people to the resources needed to improve their livelihoods, and to the world achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.