The Commission was created to promote the adoption of broadband-friendly practices and policies to spread the benefits broadband Internet can offer and to ensure that broadband Internet technologies accelerate progress towards meeting the MDGs.
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 1: 47 countries (or nearly a quarter of all countries) still do not have any plan, strategy or policy in place. Target 2: Assuming that people can afford broadband when it costs less than 5% of their annual income, fixed broadband access is unaffordable for 3.9 billion people, and mobile broadband unaffordable for over 2.6 billion people around the world. Availability and affordability gaps are disproportionately impacting people in Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Target 3: Of the 1.1 billion households still not connected to the Internet, 90% are in the developing world. At current growth rates, the 40% target will not be achieved by 2015, but with the rise of the mobile Internet, access may improve very quickly. Target 4: At current growth rates, this target looks unlikely to be achieved. By 2015, the Broadband Commission predicts that despite the growth of mobile broadband, global Internet user penetration will reach 45% worldwide, far short of its target of 60%, while Internet user penetration will reach 37% in developing countries, far short of its target of 50%. Based on ITU data, Intel (2013) forecasts that at current growth rates, Internet user penetration in developing countries will climb above 40% by 2014. Target 5: Sex-disaggregated data are not yet available for broadband connectivity. Based on Internet usage data as a proxy indicator, by the end of 2013, however, ITU estimates that some 1.3 billion Internet users will be women (37% of all women worldwide will be using the Internet), compared with 1.5 billion men online (41% of all men), equivalent to a global Internet gender gap of 200 million fewer women online.
Deep divide in broadband Internet access and price between developed and developing countries remains.
See also other relevant commitments on Internet access, the MDG indicators for access to new technologies, the Istanbul Plan of Action commitment.