Over the past 25 years, the internet has reached about half the planet in an accessible and affordable way.
Over the next several years it will reach the other half of the planet. Google, Facebook, SpaceX, and many others have major global broadband initiatives underway. Soon, for the first time, even the poorest and most remote of global citizens will have access to information, communications, identity authentication, government programs, global philanthropy, online banking, telemedicine, distance education — and other powerful services heretofore impossible.
This rapid expansion offers incredible opportunity, daunting challenges, and wrenching changes. Broadband Everywhere changes everything.
This blog explores the emergence and implications of Broadband Everywhere. It is managed by Jim Cashel, Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and Chairman of Forum One.