Support the Call for a Comprehensive National Broadband Strategy for South Africa

Access to cheaper and affordable broadband will present NGOs and all other sectors of South African society with significant opportunities to improve the impact and competitiveness of their activities.

The South African National Broadband Forum is an initiative of four organisations (Association for Progressive Communications, SANGONeT, the Shuttleworth Foundation and South Africa Connect) which share the goal of cheaper and affordable Internet access for South Africa.

The Forum invites everyone who believes that affordable broadband access is a national priority to express their support for the development and implementation of a comprehensive National Broadband Strategy for South Africa. A draft framework has been developed with input from multiple stakeholders at a workshop held on 24 March 2009 in Johannesburg. We believe that this framework can serve as a basis for building consensus on a comprehensive national broadband strategy.

We will present the framework to the new government elected on 22 April 2009 and propose that it be used as a basis for building consensus between all stakeholders on a comprehensive national broadband strategy for South Africa.

To read and endorse the full framework, click here.

I would also like to request that you encourage other NGOs and civil society organisations in your networks to endorse the framework.

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