Internet-related public policy issues at ITU (Bulgarian Internet development)
Posted by ISOC.BG News on October 20, 2010
Bulgaria has sent a document to the ITU, published here, but requiring password for download. Since the document presents interest for the larger audience, we publish it on our blog, so that everyone can use it.
1. References: Resolutions 101, 102, 130; document 16/71 at PP-10,
A number of documents have been circulated among the ITU members, dealing with Internet-related issues. We would like to focus the attention of the ITU Member States and Sector Members on the question, being raised in the above mentioned documents, mainly the Internet access charges in developing countries. Document 16/71 stipulates that,
“that advances in the global information infrastructure, including the development of Internet Protocol (IP)-based networks and especially the Internet, and future IP developments, continue to be an issue of crucial importance, as an important engine for growth in the world economy in the twenty-first century, even if expectations in terms of the number of Internet users in developing countries have not been met due to high service subscription charges;”
These lines raise the following questions, to which we believe Bulgaria could provide some answers:
– What are the expectations of developing countries in terms of number of Internet users?
– Which developing countries have exactly that expectations?
– What are the reasons for their expectations not being met?
– Are there other reasons, besides the high service subscription charges?