Our policies and alliances bring broadband meaningfully to the “forgotten five billion.”
Our model to close the digital divide is called Meaningful Broadband. It has been officially embraced by two nations, Indonesia and Thailand and six more may soon be joining our coalition. The term refers to deliberate efforts to build broadband ecosystems in emerging markets with the aim of unlocking human development. “Meaningful” refers to affordable, usable and empowering. Leaders of government, business and academic in each country in our coalition work together to achieve five types of innovations “ technological innovation, public policy and regulatory innovation, management innovation, financial innovation and ethics, DDI allows these researchers to share best practices with each other. Go to meaningful broadband faq for Frequently Asked Questions about the model. Go to How We Work to learn about the four-part series of reports we offer to nations that want to join in. Go to countries to see how our model is being applied on-the-ground in specific nations. Our model is depicted in the five part chart below: Click on any of its five boxes to learn the questions being explored by our researchers in each of the five categories.
Your questions and our answers about the model.More...
An explanation of the basic service we offer: a five-part series of Meaningful Broadband Reports (labeled 1.0-5.0) which are designed to establish meaningful broadband ecosystems in participating nations.More...
Unlocking is Good! : The practice of unlocking smart devices is banned in the US but practiced eagerly (even if illegally) in the developing world. Why the ban? Operators in the US don’t want their devices to be used by SIM cards of competing companies. Hogwash! Here is a sane voice from America who argues that unlocking is a very good thing for users and ought to be encouraged everywhere. What do you think? Respond Here
Broadband is the ultimate game-changer in telecommunications. It is no longer based on voice. Per minute charging is irrelevant. The location of users does not matter. The distance between users is irrelevant to pricing. Broadband is a meta-medium that integrates other media. Each country must disrupt the old rules of telecommunications (and the entrenched interests tied to them) to take advantage of new possibilities of communications in the broadband era.