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Wireless technology offers low-cost
internet access to underserved areas
A report by the Wireless Internet Institute

21 July 2004: Wireless internet technology has the potential to bridge the digital divide by providing low-cost broadband internet connectivity to underserved areas and local communities. Leapfrog wireless technologies may be deployed rapidly to help foster economic development and workforce productivity and to enable delivery of social-service applications in the areas of e-health, e-education, and e-government.

Its deployment can become a useful tool in improving productivity and security and in bringing internet-based services and connectivity to whole new segments of underserved populations at a fraction of the cost of wired technologies. Bringing the stakeholder community together can improve decision-making and provide an open forum to discuss incumbent telecom companies and adverse legacy regulations that can drastically limit the potential of the wireless internet.

The Wireless Internet Institute (W2i) and the UN ICT Task Force (UNICTTF) have developed the Global Municipal Government and Local Authorities Series to accelerate the adoption of broadband wireless internet in municipalities and underserved urban populations around the world.

Undertaken in partnership with companies such as IBM and Intel, international development organizations such as UNITAR and the Inter-American Development Bank, the Series aims to raise awareness about opportunities for local government to build high-capacity wireless communications infrastructure in support of municipal economic, social, and educational development.

This Global Municipal Government and Local Authorities Series aims to build consensus among municipal executives (mayors, municipal technology policy executives, city council members and municipal policy minded CIOs), industry practitioners and regulators involved in technology policy development and implementation, to establish strategies necessary to overcome obstacles and develop environments favourable to the broad deployment of wireless internet infrastructures in municipalities

This series will be overseen by a multinational, multidisciplinary steering committee. The various high visibility conferences, seminars and interactive workshops held around the world during 2004 and 2005, will create conditions for informal dialogue and brainstorming, focusing on the following critical themes:

• Case studies and the role of various constituents
• Business models and partnerships in support of wireless Internet deployments
• Benefits to citizens, local government, community development and economic development


Who are the world’s most outstanding mayors? If you know of mayors who have the vision, passion and skills to make their cities amazing places to live in, work in and visit nominate him or her now for World Mayor 2007.


Introducing
World Mayor 2007

The World Mayor project, organised by City Mayors, is now in its fourth year. As in 2004, 2005 and 2006 this year’s World Mayor will again be seeking out mayors who have the vision, passion and skills to make their cities amazing places to live in, work in and visit.



The World Mayor Project aims to show what outstanding mayors can achieve as well as raise their profiles nationally and internationally. It honours those who have served their communities selflessly and courageously and who have made significant contributions to the well-being of cities. The most outstanding mayor of 2007 will be presented with the World Mayor Award.



You are now invited to nominate mayors who you think should be among the 50 finalists of the 2007 contest. The list of finalists will be published in June 2007. The winner of World Mayor 2007 will announced in early December 2007.



Previous winners
and runner-ups

In 2006
Winner: John So, Lord Mayor of Melbourne (Australia)
Runner-up: Job Cohen, Mayor of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
In 2005:
Winner: Dora Bakoyannis, Mayor of Athens (Greece)
Runner-up: Hazel McCallion, Mayor of Mississauga (Canada)
In 2004:
Winner: Edi Rama, Mayor of Tirana (Albania)
Runner-up: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mayor of Mexico City (Mexico)

Previous winners are not eligible in 2007.