Global Access: Connecting the Next Billion Global Citizens

5 September 2014 - A Workshop on Other in Istanbul, Turkey


IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Critical Internet Resources


This workshop will focus on how government and private sector partnerships combine to build out affordable (UN and A4AI regional pricing benchmarks) and reliable Internet access to more and more of the remaining billions of citizens yet to be connected and how key areas of governance in both regulations and policy have come to the forefront to both help and hinder this process. For example; in the critical area of access pricing such issues as tower sighting fees, right-of-way fees, bandwidth competition, local IXPs , duties and fees on equipment and content all pay a roll in establishing affordable pricing. In the area of content controls evidence shows that countries that do not fix fees on or control content experience more cross boarder data traffic which leads to quicker economic growth through enhanced trade, jobs, tourism, industry, health care and education to name but a few critical areas. So panel speakers and audience participation will inform this discussion and raise additional questions. Additionally, as connectivity is built out what impact do governance issues like mandating the keeping of information about citizens be held inside their home country have on the proven benefits of the free flow of information? All of these governmental issues have profound impacts access and economic growth.

Global Access; Connecting the Next Billion Citizens
Technology Education Institute
September 5, 2014, 9:00am, Room #1

Welcoming remarks: Ambassador David A. Gross, Wiley Rein, LLP (Moderator) (3 minutes) (CONFIRMED)

Format: Each panelist having 5 minutes for remarks with remaining time for audience participation. At the end of each panel and following the important audience participation, Ambassador Gross will put his considerable (two decades plus) experience in the Internet governance policy space to work summing up with concise conclusions focused on outcomes and their potential impact on Internet governance policy.

Theme Questions:

How are developed and developing countries partnering with tech/communications companies to provide robust and affordable (UN/A4AI regional benchmark pricing) Internet Access to their rural citizens?

As countries consider their Internet architecture, Open Vs. Closed, how do the economic benefits; job growth, trade, tourism, healthcare, education, stack up for each?

Content creation and dissemination comes to the forefront again and again as a key driver of access. What are the best ways to support a healthy content environment?

Part 1: THE BIG PICTURE; Access Challenges in the Northern Hemisphere/Southern Hemisphere (35minutes)

• FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, Government (confirmed)
• Mark Summer, NGO, Co-Founder, inveneo (confirmed)

Examples of Successful, Sustainable, Affordable and Scalable Broadband Build out Models in Rural areas in developing countries

• Robert Pepper, Corporate, VP Global Technology Policy, Cisco (confirmed)
• Paul Mitchell, Corporate, General Manager, Technology Policy, Microsoft (confirmed)
• Dominique Lazanski, Private Sector, Public Policy Director, GSMA (confirmed)
• Nizar Zakka, NGO, CEO IJMA3 USA, WITSA Public Policy Chairman (confirmed)
• Audience participation

Part 2: How Economics and Governance issues impact Internet Architecture [25minutes]
• Sam Paltridge, IGO, Directorate, Science, Technology, and Industry, OECD (confirmed)
• Mongi Marzoug, Corporate, Orange, VP Internet Governance/ Digital Development Africa & Middle East (confirmed)
• Alison Gillwald, NGO, ED for Research, ICT Africa (confirmed)
• Nnenna Nwakanma, NGO, Africa Coordinator, A4AI (confirmed)
• Audience participation

Part 3: THE Internet ACCESS Driver…Content; what are some of the components that make up a healthy content ecosystem? [20min]
• Thomas Spiller, Corporate, VP Global Public Policy Europe, The Walt Disney Company (confirmed)
• Subi Chaturvedi, NGO, Assistant Professor, Lady Shri Ram College for Women University, Delhi University (confirmed).
• Michael Kende, NGO, Chief Economist, ISOC (confirmed)
• Audience participation

Remote Moderator: Roslyn Layton, Aalborg University, PHD fellow

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

Garland McCoy, President, Technology Education Institute, educational/civil society

Roslyn Layton, PhD Economist, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark, education/civil society

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


The link to the workshop report

Type of session


Duration of proposed session

90 minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

# access #economic growth #governance policies # open internet models # free flow of content

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

Nizar Zakka, NGO, CEO IJMA3 USA, WITSA Public Policy Chairman, confirmed

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, Government, confirmed

Dominique Lazanski, Private Sector, GSMA, confirmed

Ambassador David Gross, Private Sector, Wiley Rein, confirmed

Robert Pepper, Private Sector, Cisco, confirmed

Paul Mitchell, Private Sector, Microsoft, confirmed

Mark Summers, NGO, inveneo, confirmed

Subi Chaturvedi, Civil Society, Assistant Professor, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, confirm

Thomas Spiller, Private Sector, The Walt Disney Company, confirmed

Mongi Marzoug, Private Sector, Orange Africa Middle East, confirmed

Sam Paltridge, IGO, OECD, confirm

Alison Gillwald, NGO, ED for Research, ICT Africa, confirmed

Nnenna Nwakanma, NGO, Africa Coordinator, A4AI, confirmed

Michael Kende, NGO, Chief Economist, ISOC, confirmed

Name of Moderator(s)

Ambassador David Gross

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Roslyn Layton, Aalborg University

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

Ambassador David Gross will be the moderator and he is outstanding. He very well known by the IGF community, respected and well liked. I have had the honor of having him moderate my IGF panels before and he is excellent at getting both the onsite and remote audience engaged. David Gross is VERY active in the global policy environment and is up to date on the issues. David will be charged with both moderating the panels and also, following the very important audience participation after each panel, sum up the workshop with concise conclusions focused on outcomes and their potential impact on Internet governance policy.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

I have been in touch with many of the academic members on my panel and hope to have remote hosting at their collages and universities. Additionally, as a member of the IGF-USA steering committee we will be setting up a remote site in partnership with ISOC's DC chapter in Washington, DC.. Finally, as a member of the inveneo team I hope to have a remote site set up at their offices in San Francisco. Obviously at each location there well be staff to help facilitate the online discussion.

Background paper

No background paper provided

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