April 2004

Local communities-A global initiative

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Heeding a call from UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to extend Internet connectivity to underserved populations around the world, the United Nations ICT Task Force and the Wireless Internet Institute (W2i) jointly announced on March 24th, 2004 a series of programs to accelerate the adoption of wireless Internet in support of universal connectivity, the Millennium Development Goals, and the Declaration of Principles of the World Summit on the Information Society.

In his bold challenge to Silicon Valley in 2002, the Secretary-General said: “We need to think of ways to bring wireless-fidelity applications to the developing   world so as to make use of unlicensed radio spectrum to deliver cheap and fast Internet access.”

To respond to this challenge, the UN ICT Task Force and W2i have put together “Wireless Internet for Underserved Populations and Local Communities”, a program designed to begin to meet one of the leading development challenges of our time

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