Intelsat S.A., operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, announced on August 24, 2017, that the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Spengler, has been named a Commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.
The Broadband Commission, jointly managed by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) engages in high-level advocacy to promote broadband in developing countries and underserved communities. One of the central roles of the Commission is to advocate for the development of broadband infrastructure and services, as a means to ensure that the benefits of connectivity technologies are realized in all countries. The Commission promotes collaboration between governments and industry to devise strategies for deploying connectivity globally.
In accepting the invitation, Mr. Spengler stated, “As the chief executive officer of a leading satellite services company operating within the telecommunications industry, I have seen first-hand how broadband connectivity and information communication technologies (ICTs) can transform and empower communities across the world. Simple and affordable access to information and broadband technology supports and drives economic growth, improves access to healthcare and education, and importantly, builds bridges across communities. I am honoured to accept the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development’s invitation and look forward to working with leaders from the public and private sectors to accelerate the deployment of network infrastructures that promote a more digitally inclusive global society.”
Comprised of leaders from government, industry, international organizations, and academia, the Broadband Commission was established in 2010 as a top-level advocacy body promoting broadband as an accelerator of global development. The Commission is chaired by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Mexico’s Carlos Slim Helú. In September 2015 it was re-named the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development with the specific purpose of working to help achieve, through the power of broadband connectivity, the Sustainable Development Goals.